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The greatest hilarious actor.
on 1 February 2009
This boxed set is excellent: contains Buster Keaton's greatest films and therefore is recommended as a very long festivity of fun ! "The most deeply silent of silent comedians" and his face (like Lincoln's) became an American Archetype, almost beautiful and irreducibly funny. Also he looks like a sad personality which could cause unhappy feelings but here lies the big difference: he makes you laugh- almost to tears-and at the same time makes you happy since sadness and loneliness are defeated by an acute sense of humor , an enormous amount of tenderness and good -heart actions. Keaton becomes the striking example of these qualities and their power to destroy negative feelings : he never wanted to be a clown, no smiles, no words, no fiction but a perfection of style and quality and a show of his own personality in a lively unforgettable way.
His feature films, are not only exceptionally funny but are also artistic achievements: "The General" and "Our hospitality" etc. -all included in this edition- where he acts with his 1st wife, Natalie Talmadge and their eldest son ; he was allowed to create and control entirely his own films until 1920 when MGM broke his contract. He was living a very dramatic period and begun drinking heavily but after a third successful marriage could start producing again . He died in 1966-
Great and delicate humor together with compassion and sweetness, full of grace and big fun: you really deserve to own this copy of probably the greatest hilarious artist of several generations !