Bearded Buster Keaton.
Bearded Buster Keaton.
The always dashing Buster puts his miming skills on display in the 1950s.
He shielded his head with his hands in Sherlock, Jr., too, right before he rolls in front of the train. He may have been a tad anxious about this shot. Maybe he didn’t want to hear the trolley approaching?
Die Nibelungen (1924) - Der Drache | Behind the scenes Information
The dragon was about sixteen metres long. It was worked from underneath and came down a steep path. Underneath were six or eight men who pushed the dragon along a track. The dragon was actually sitting on one or two iron sheets. It was attached to them and hovered above the slope of the ground. It didn’t touch the ground anywhere, just it’s tail. Four men sat in the dragon, one in each leg. Two men sat at the front to operate the head. The end scene where Siegfried bathes in the dragon’s blood had to be doubled. The actor Paul Richter didn’t want to be naked in front of a camera, because he feared it would destroy his reputation as actor. They used a double every Lang fan will know for sure: Rudolf Klein-Rogge, who played Rotwang in “Metropolis” was willing to double for Richter.
I’m reblogging this for three reasons.
1) I can’t get this photo off my mind. For me, it speaks to the continuity of genius.
2) That damn cigarette in his mouth (I hate that cigarettes are sexy).
3) His hands.
Alright, here’s an interesting question: Let’s assume Keaton was still an independent filmmaker well into the early 1930s. Could he have adapted his style to sound the way he wanted (only using dialogue when necessary) and been successful? I was reading a review of one of his MGM talkies and the author said that Keaton couldn’t adapt, which I disagree with, but it got me wondering how well an independent Keaton talkie might have done at the box office.
It is an interesting question and I’d like to take a stab at it. I’m 100% certain he could not have carried on as an independent. The sound technology was too expensive. But, even LLoyd and, IMO, Chaplin, who were millionaires and both extremely talented, did not adapt well to sound.
As far as the MGM talkies go, every one that Buster made was considered a success, because they all made money (and they were made during the Depression!). Even “What, No Beer?” was a hit. That’s why we see the photo of Keaton with Jackie Cooper so often here. It’s a publicity still for what was to be Buster’s next MGM feature, a movie called “Buddies”, but Buster was fired.
I think if he’d been given his own unit, picked his own stories, and been allowed to prove himself, he would have made some damn fine films, most likely would have pushed the creative aspects of the technology forward, and turned a profit for the company. The ideas he pitched to MGM were amusing (for instance, the parody of Grand Hotel would have been great), but they, unfortunately didn’t go for it.
If you look at what he did at Educational with such low budgets, the best parts are silent, but when the sound is there it works. What comes to mind is his parody of “Mary” at the opening of “Grand Slam Opera” and later the dance sequence at the radio station, he’s reacting to the music. And he’s marvelous.
The problem with Buster was not that he couldn’t adapt to sound. He did. The problem was that he wanted to be his own boss, and in that era, he couldn’t.
Since he was not the type of person who wanted to spend his time arguing, he decided to drink instead. Which led to a few bad years for him, but, hey, he came out the other side in one piece, still funny, still working and isn’t that why we love him in the first place?
let me be your sunshine
Re: dumbest profile, dumbest bone structure
I couldn’t agree more - that dog needs plastic surgery.
The poster of Buster I won for my Tumblr valentine poem (thanks, ohmybuster).
He looks beautiful between my two babies (They aren’t babies anymore though - I’m allowing myself a couple of tears at the moment).
It was my daughter’s idea to put him between them.
I wish I was better at picture taking.
A completely tasteless and gratuitous gif set of Buster wiggling his butt in Free and Easy ♥
Every time I see this one, it makes me laugh. Only an actor confident in the knowledge that his behind is adorable would have allowed this to be recorded on film. Kudos, Buster.
It’s turning into a more involved process than I expected, but great fun. I’ll share the link when it’s finally up. Where can I find your novel? I love all things Buster and would enjoy reading it. I have an author page on Facebook, Tracy S. Wolfe, but I’m terrible on updating it.
Cheers to you,