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2017-09-12 11:46 am (UTC)
I am now picturing Keaton attempting, with all his considerable upper-body strength, to thrust a coat-stand into a steamer trunk. I first heard him speak in
A Funny Thing Happened On the Way to the Forum,
near the end of his life, and his voice matched his looks perfectly. Shortly before that, the National Film Board of Canada had brought him up hear to do a short called
It's ok, but the real gem is the hour-long documentary about filming it,
Buster Keaton Rides Again.
His character isn't wrong about Aristophanes and burlesque.
My favourite skimpy-outfit joke is still the one I saw recently in a silent called
, which is Stan Laurel spoofing Russian literature. Arriving at the decadent imperial court from she's trying to rescue her fiancé, the heroine is mistaken for a new dancer and directed to a filing cabinet: "You'll find your costume in an envelope in the third drawer down."
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