The Great Buster /
The Great Buster
The genius of Buster Keaton is evident in every single scene of his films, and Peter Bogdanovich’s film about Keaton’s life and work has such scenes in abundance. A gifted actor, comedian, screenwriter and director, Keaton is one of the few stars of the silent film era who have not faded from people’s memory. In fact- quite the contrary—Mel Brooks, Quentin Tarantino, Werner Herzog, Dick Van Dyke, and many others drew their inspiration from Keaton. In this film, they talk about how he shaped the way they think of cinema. Keaton grew up in a family of entertainers and learned to use his body for comedy from a young age, even at the price of bruises and broken bones. The film traces his life through funny and heartwarming anecdotes, mapping the history of American comedy.