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Buster Keaton – Filmmaker, Comedian and Actor!

Let’s Know Buster Keaton

The name of Buster Keaton does not require any introduction because he is one of the most famous 1920’s movie stars who got popularity as silent comic actor. Apart from acting, Buster Keaton also has emerged as filmmaker and comedian. Physical comedy was the trademark of Keaton and while performing, he uses to keep deadpan facial expression. Due to such acting, he got a nickname – The Great Stone Face. It is said that Buster Keaton was also emerged from vaudeville like other contemporaries.

Buster Keaton  & The Vaudeville World

In Vaudeville, Buster Keaton used to perform along with his parents since he was only of 3 years old. Though, Buster was doing well in theatre industry, but after some time, he got attracted to motion pictures which was a new forming industry at that moment. Being attracted to film industry, Keaton joined Roscoe “Fatty” Arbuckle’s filmmaking unit. At that place, Arbuckle learnt about Keaton’s talent and soon, he became co-star with Arbuckle. It made him work closely with Roscoe’s film production. During this period, Buster Keaton and Arbuckle had become best friends and this friend had never been broken.

Further Success Of Buster Keaton

Buster Keaton

The admiring hard work of Keaton encouraged production house to start a production unit for him and thus, Keaton started acting in dual reel comedies by which he got amazing success. These reel comedies include cops, the playhouse, one week and the electric house. During early 20s, he reached to the height of creativity and learnt from short to full length films. With his initial work, Keaton got famous as world’s renowned comedian. Though, other legendry star Charlie Chaplin eclipsed over his giant success.

Buster Keaton & His Career In Filmmaking

The filmmaking style of Keaton has influenced editing as well as framing methods which are aligned with modern sensibilities and melodrama. The famous long feature films of Keaton include The Navigator, The General, Our Hospitality and Steamboat Bill Jr. People call last feature film of Keaton as his masterpiece as it combines Keaton’s affection for trains and his physical comedy. Several people who were fond of silent films have seen it as great film for viewer’s choice. In 1928, MGM had acquired the filmmaking unit of Keaton on which Buster Keaton regretted later.

Declining Career Of Buster Keaton

After getting connected with MGM, Keaton got forced for studio system which was quite controlled system. This system caused several problems to Buster Keaton and thus, it had drawn him to alcoholism. This was a reason for the declining career of Keaton and as its result, in 1930s, he experienced obscurity. Then, he started working as writer for MGM films. In later 30s, Keaton had got re-married and in 50s, he was seen in several minor roles in several films. Apart of films, he also worked for Television commercials. In later 50s and early 60s, a revival of Keaton’s classic films has been seen.