If anyone has not yet had the pleasure, I highly recommend checking out Mark Cousins’ 12-Part documentary series The Story of Film: An Odyssey. For you Buster-philes, he covers Keaton’s career in some great detail as part of Episode Two (linked above), but overall it’s a very enthralling series.
Find it on Netflix or the Internets, it’s definitely worth checking out. :-)
In portraits, though supremely photogenic, he doesn’t give himself to the camera the way Garbo did. It is here, not in his lucidly expressive film acting, that his face functions as a mask. He looks like what Orson Welles called him, “a man of secrets”.
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Buster Keaton and Al St. John in His Wedding Night (1917)
Harold Lloyd in By the Sad Sea Waves (1917) & Buster Keaton in Coney Island (1917)
Steamboat Bill Jr, 1928.
The Cameraman (1928)
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Buster Keaton in 1921’s Hard Luck.
1920’s Buster Keaton
I always want the audience to out-guess me, and then I double-cross them.