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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...

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 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

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...