The Great Stone Face
Raised performing vaudeville with his parents, Keaton's big break came in 1917 when he appeared in "Fatty" Arbuckle's The Butcher Boy. By the 1920s, Keaton had his own studio. Inspired by Mathew Brady's Civil War photographs, Keaton wrote and starred in The General - often considered the best film of its era. His last role was Erronius in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum which premiered seven months after his death in 1966.
Other Keaton favorites available at the Library include:
- Our Hospitality includes Sherlock, Jr.
- Go West includes The Scarecrow and The Paleface
- Steamboat Bill, Jr. includes Convict 13 and Daydreams
The Buster Keaton Collection includes Camerman, Spite Marriage, Free and Easy (Keaton's first talkie) and So Funny It Hurt (documentary).
Keaton and his fellow actors remind us that silent films are anything but silent when the audience's laughter is the soundtrack!