• Keaton's Silent Shorts: Beyond the Laughter

    Keaton's Silent Shorts: Beyond the Laughter (Hardback) By (author) Gabriella Oldham


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    DescriptionThis study of Buster Keaton's 19 silent short films shot between 1920 and 1923 chronicles the rapid growth in the film-maker's understanding of what makes both comedy and film successful. Keaton developed his major themes in these 19 short films: his persona "Buster" versus Rival, Nature, Machine, Self and Fate; his resilient pursuit of love and the efforts he makes to overcome any curves thrown by Fate; and his trademark "stone face" blocking any display of the passionate emotion he feels about everything he does. These short films clearly indicate Keaton's love of the camera and his concern for composition, symmetry, and images that delight the eye and startle the mind. Oldham reconstructs each of these films in such a way as to enable the reader to "watch" Keaton's performance, devoting a separate chapter to each. She analyzes each film's strengths, weaknesses and prevalent themes and threads. She also enables readers to plumb the depths of what seems to be surface comedy through philosophical, biographical, historical and critical commentary, thus linking the shorts together into a cohesive study of Buster Keaton's growth through his three-year independent venture as a film-maker.

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    Keaton's Silent Shorts
    Beyond the Laughter
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Gabriella Oldham
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 408
    Width: 155 mm
    Height: 235 mm
    Thickness: 37 mm
    Weight: 953 g
    ISBN 13: 9780809319510
    ISBN 10: 0809319519

    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1KBB
    B&T Book Type: NF
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T1.6
    BIC E4L: PER
    BIC time period qualifier V2: 3JJG
    DC21: 791.43028092
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    B&T Approval Code: C07521500
    B&T General Subject: 221
    BISAC V2.8: PER004030
    BIC subject category V2: APFA
    DC22: 791.43/028/092
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    BISAC V2.8: PER004010
    BIC subject category V2: 1KBB, 3JJG
    B&T Approval Code: C07603400
    LC classification: PN2287.K4 O48 1996
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    Illustrations note
    Southern Illinois University Press
    Imprint name
    Southern Illinois University Press
    Publication date
    19 March 1996
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    Review quote
    0;Oldham knows that the majority of the readers of her book haven7;t seen the classic shorts, so in a remarkable way she has illustrated them with words, analyzed what was going on in Keaton7;s life at the time, and offered what she has concluded from seeing these short films. It is a thoroughly engaging and informative study.1;2;"Rapport"