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Introduction: Four-thirty in the afternoon in Muskegon, Michigan

Edward McPherson

Edward McPherson is a writer in New York City., Buster Keaton is his first book. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Buster Keaton : Tempest in a Flat Hat

Faber & Faber, 2011

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...I am sitting in an auditorium, watching a woman rip the lining out of an expensive fur felt fedora and dunk it into a bucket of water. I am taking notes on this; the forty-odd people around me are taking notes on this. We have come from...

‘Adventure Dramas of the Future’: Creating Genre

Keith M Johnston

Keith M. Johnston is Lecturer in Film and Television Studies at the University of East Anglia and author of Coming Soon: Film Trailers and the Selling of Hollywood Technology. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Science Fiction Film : A Critical Introduction

Berg, 2011

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...Hollywood has no interest … in explicitly identifying a film with a single genre. On the contrary, the industry’s publicity purposes are much better served by implying that a film offers ‘Everything the Screen can give you’ …The indication...

Les Hôtes de l’air (Glimpses of Bird Life)

Bryony Dixon

Bryony Dixon is Curator at the BFI National Archive where she is responsible for the collections of silent film. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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100 Silent Films : BFI Screen Guides

British Film Institute, 2011

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...Natural history films don’t get a high profile in any but the most comprehensive film histories, but they should, for these are some of the most painstaking and rewarding of all film-making efforts. Sometimes taking years to make...

Voyage à travers l’impossible (The Impossible Voyage)

Bryony Dixon

Bryony Dixon is Curator at the BFI National Archive where she is responsible for the collections of silent film. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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100 Silent Films : BFI Screen Guides

British Film Institute, 2011

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...Georges Méliès’s major love was the popular theatre of the late nineteenth century. He sold his interest in the family firm to buy the Théâtre Robert-Houdin in 1888, an establishment specialising in magic shows. He had spent time...

5,000 Tons of Fun

Edward McPherson

Edward McPherson is a writer in New York City., Buster Keaton is his first book. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Buster Keaton : Tempest in a Flat Hat

Faber & Faber, 2011

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...It is the audience that gives us the answer.Ladies’ Home Journal, June 1926.Ladies’ Home Journal, June 1926.The hot-and-cold reception of Sherlock, Jr. – a movie that Keaton had worked on for more than twice as long as usual –...

The Birth of a Flower

Bryony Dixon

Bryony Dixon is Curator at the BFI National Archive where she is responsible for the collections of silent film. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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100 Silent Films : BFI Screen Guides

British Film Institute, 2011

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...The Birth of a Flower has been in continuous distribution since it was released in 1910. This is unusual, particularly in a market (science and nature film) that thrives on improving on past productions. Take a look on the ubiquitous...

The Fall of the House of Buster

Edward McPherson

Edward McPherson is a writer in New York City., Buster Keaton is his first book. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Buster Keaton : Tempest in a Flat Hat

Faber & Faber, 2011

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...Sunday, Labor Day weekend, 1927. This is real life, not a movie but a movie set. You’re standing in front of the façade of a two-story house that’s about to fall – on you. Your heels are planted on your mark: two nails driven...

Hit Parade

Edward McPherson

Edward McPherson is a writer in New York City., Buster Keaton is his first book. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Buster Keaton : Tempest in a Flat Hat

Faber & Faber, 2011

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...When we made pictures, we ate, slept, and dreamed them.Eleanor Keaton & Vance, p. 64.Eleanor Keaton & Vance, p. 64.One Week was cited by the National Board of Review as a summer film with ‘unusual merit for family entertainments.’NYT...

Pseudo Soundtracks: Reconsidering the Rescore

Philip Brophy

Philip Brophy is a film director, composer and sound designer. He is founder of the Cinesonic International Conference of Film Scores and Sound Design from which he has edited three books on film sound and music, the most recent being Cinesonic: Experiencing The Soundtrack (AFTRS Publishing, Sydney 2002). He has also written for The Wire, London, and Film Comment. He teaches cinema studies at RMIT University, Australia, and is the author of the BFI Screen Guides 100 Modern Soundtracks (2004) and 100 Anime (2005). Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Live Cinema : Cultures, Economies, Aesthetics

Bloomsbury Academic, 2017

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...Audiovisual amnesia: Presumed invention in newly commissioned rescores Rescoring a pre-existing silent film strangely activates a mute dialogue with the film, mostly because the composer/musician is not required to communicate...

Six-Reel Star

Edward McPherson

Edward McPherson is a writer in New York City., Buster Keaton is his first book. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Buster Keaton : Tempest in a Flat Hat

Faber & Faber, 2011

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...Love is the unchanging axis on which the World revolves.In the summer of 1922, Jimmy wasn’t the only youngster to be named after his father. In the Mexican border town of Tijuana, a few miles south of San Diego, there was a Buster Keaton...