- Publisher: MacMillan Publishing Company (January 1966)
- ISBN-10: 0025115707
- ISBN-13: 978-0025115705
- Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.5 x 1.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,849,566 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Keaton Hardcover – January, 1966
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The book focuses on, in particular, his vaudeville days (1895-1917) and the silent film period that followed (1917-28). Little is written about the years after 1928. This may be because the book was written in cooperation with Buster, and it is likely that the years up to 1928 were the happiest of his career. Because it was written in cooperation with Buster, we get interviews, verbatim, straight out of his mouth. These unedited "tape recorder" parts are the best pages of the book because we get to hear his down-to-earth speaking style such as referring to his father as "the old man", his own face as "the puss", and the garbage as "the ash can" (several times), and also his abrupt incomplete-sentence style of talking.
However, there's much to be annoyed by here. The 60's began a nauseating self-awareness period that even spilled over into the subject of Buster Keaton. This era began the absurd psychoanalysis of his films and Blesh seems to endorse it ("the pale mask projected our own feelings"). These innocent films, which were only meant to make people laugh (and make a profit), are analyzed as being a study of Man's Competition with the Machine Age or blubbery about Man Against Modern Mechanisms ("the Keaton mythos is one more of being mastered than of being master"). The best way to really appreciate Buster is to ignore this hooey, and instead watch the unbelievable bravery that's proven in the deadly stunts he performed in the films made up to 1928.Read more ›
This is one I'm keeping for my archives. No way I'll resell. Thanks so much!!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Love this book. I thought it went into a lot of detail of his family early days in show business and was kind of slow. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Patti Cummings
Thoroughly researched, but a very difficult writing style to follow.Published 17 months ago by Donald G Thorpe