Buster Keaton: The Short Films Collection 1920-1923

"Buster Keaton: The Short Films Collection" is a compilation of 19 short movies that Keaton had made from 1920 to 1923. The films are indeed short with each one lasting under half an hour. Buster Keaton (1895 - 1966) had been an American comedian who performed in silent movies. He had been famous for performing a lot of physical comedy with a stoic, deadpan expression.

Kino Lorber
1 Season, 18 Episodes
April 11, 1950
Classic TV
Buster Keaton: The Short Films Collection 1920-1923

Buster Keaton: The Short Films Collection 1920-1923 Full Episode Guide

  • The Love Nest has the distinction of being the only film in this series in which Keaton took sole writing and directing credit.

  • Keaton's love of mechanical gags is beautifully showcased in The Electric House.

  • Day Dreams has as its structure a series of comparisons between how Buster's sweetheart interprets Buster's letters to her versus the reality of his efforts to make good.

  • A parody of the Western melodramas of William S. Hart, The Frozen North was filmed partly on location near Truckee, California.

  • This lesser work is nevertheless well known, as it has been in circulation and accessible for decades.

  • Keaton had married Natalie Talmadge on May 31, 1921. His matriarchal in-laws become the fodder for this minor comedy.

  • One of Keaton's greatest and most famous comedies, Cops is universally enjoyed for the inventive comedy and amazing chase sequence.

  • The Paleface is Keaton's comic exploration of the Western dramas that were popular in American cinema at the time.

  • The Boat finds Buster building a thirty-five foot family cruiser. It was Keaton's most commercially successful silent two-reel comedy and ranks among his best works.

  • The Play House one of Keaton's greatest comedies contains one of his best set pieces: a dream sequence in a theater where he plays every member of the cast, crew, pit band, and audience.

  • Filled with complex and inventive gags, The Goat is one of Keaton's finest comedies.

  • Admittedly a lesser work, Hard Luck was nonetheless Keaton's favorite of all his short comedies because it contained the greatest single laugh of his career.

  • Buster, on the run, hides in an abandoned house where a visiting opera company of Faust also seeks refuge.

  • Addressing the public's fascination with automation, The Scarecrow delights with its clever sequence involving surprising time and space-saving devices.

  • Convict 13 pushed boundaries with the darkness of its comedy, particularly the scene in which Buster is about to be hanged in prison while his fellow inmates sit as spectators cheering on the proceedings.

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