Camera man : Buster Keaton, the dawn of cinema, and the invention of the Twentieth Century / Dana Stevens.
"As one of the most famous faces of silent cinema, Buster Keaton was and continues to be revered for his stoic expressions, clever visual gags, and acrobatic physicality in classics such as Sherlock Jr., The General, and The Cameraman. In this spirited biography, every aspect of Buster Keaton's astonishing life is explored, from his humble beginnings in vaudeville with his parents to his meteoric rise to Hollywood stardom during the silent era. Based on vigorous research of both Keaton and the film industry, it also delves into the dark sides of fame, such as Keaton's ill-advised businesses deals and alcoholism, to his unexpected resurgence in the 1940s as his contributions as both an actor and director were finally celebrated. This is a fascinating and uniquely astounding look at both the classic era of Hollywood and one of its most beloved stars"-- Provided by publisher.
- ISBN: 9781501134197
- ISBN: 1501134191
- ISBN: 9781501134203
- ISBN: 1501134205
- Physical Description: ix, 415 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
- Edition: First Atria Books hardcover edition.
- Publisher: New York, NY : Atria Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, Inc., 2022.
- Copyright: ©2022
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Introduction -- Preface: 1895 -- Thrown. They were calling it the Twentieth Century ; "She is a little animal, surely" ; "He's my son, and I'll break his neck any way I want to" ; "The locomotive of juveniles" ; A little hell-raising Huck Finn ; The boy who couldn't be damaged ; "Make me laugh, Keaton" -- Flying. Speed mania in the kingdom of shadows ; Pancakes at Childs ; Comique ; Roscoe ; Brooms ; Mabel at the wheel ; Famous players in famous plays ; Home, made ; Rice, shoes, and real estate ; The shadow stage ; Battle-scarred risibilities ; One for you, one for me ; The "darkie shuffle" -- Falling. The collapsing façade ; Grief slipped in ; Elmer ; The road through the mountain ; Not a drinker, a drunk -- Landing. Old times ; The coming thing in entertainment -- Coda: Eleanor.
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