Buster Keaton: Tempest in a Flat Hat Paperback – 15 Sep 2005
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"Tracing Keaton's beginnings in vaudeville and how he eventually applied that form's traits to cinema, McPherson creates an excellent portrait of a formidable talent, also addressing the private demons that accelerated his eventual slide.' Empire 'The author, rather like his subject, has the knack of sketching a poignant moment using a minimum of sentimental flannel.' Sunday Telegraph 'McPherson wins one over because of his loving fan's attention to, and lively evocation of, the core of Keaton's achievement.' Daily Telegraph 'Graceful and charming... McPherson's account is animated by the same sort of colour and vitality as Buster's best work.' Scotsman"
About the Author
Edward McPherson is a writer in New York City. Buster Keaton is his first book.
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However, the content was interesting in the way the author integrated Buster's personal life with the themes and styles of his films. The earlier part of his life was fascinating - I loved the collapsing outside toilet a teenage Buster rigged up for a neighbor - anticipating the famous scene in Mash by more than half a century.
It was also fun to read of the various practical jokes and antics that went on both in the studio and on location.
Altogether a good introduction to the man and his comedy.
i found a lot to like here as the author wisely avoids the more sensational and even downright ludicrous myths that surrounded keaton's childhood and the years when he was at M.G.M. instead, we are presented with the story of a highly original and creative artist who suffered at the hands of a rather vindictive wife and her snotty acting family and then of course, at the hands of M.G.M. happily though, the author has taken great pains in describing keaton's re-surgence in popularity at the beginning of the 1950s and which continues to this day.
the only slight negative comment i have to offer, is that the selection of photos is disappointing. i was expecting a lot more than the ones that were chosen. however, that's a mere quibble.