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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...

Southern Discomfort, or A Family Affair

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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...And with that, the plump, antebellum Southern gentleman seals your fate. Supper is over. It’s time to go home. But the polite man in front of you happens to be the father of your girl, and he happens to be cheerfully homicidal. He wants you...

Brides, Bulls, and Butlers

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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...In the silent days we could try anything at all, and did.Keaton & Samuels, p. 112.Keaton & Samuels, p. 112.We open on the early, easy days of 1925. Location: Beverly Hills, California. Buster pulls the car up to a strange house. Natalie...

The Company Man

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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...His mind was too orderly for our harum-scarum, catch-as-catch can, gag-grabbing method. Our way of operating would have seemed hopelessly mad to him. But, believe me, it was the only way. Somehow some of the frenzy and hysteria of our...

Love On the Go

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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...You – smartly dressed in a vest, porkpie, and tie – are being hounded by a herd of rabid cops for disrupting a parade you didn’t mean to join (by throwing a bomb you didn’t mean to throw), and the only reason you’re even out on the street...

‘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...