sovay: (I Claudius)
sovay ([personal profile] sovay) wrote 2017-09-13 02:31 am (UTC)

I am now picturing Keaton attempting, with all his considerable upper-body strength, to thrust a coat-stand into a steamer trunk.

He does his best. He's a bit more laissez-faire with the chaise longue.

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.

It does when he's younger, too: it's lighter and clearer and suits him very well. There is a bizarre but admittedly distinct possibility that I first saw Buster Keaton in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum. ("My daughter a eunuch?!") Which I did not like very much at the time because it did not feel like a faithful version of the musical, but since I can now recognize that it wasn't supposed to—and it's perfectly faithful Richard Lester—I keep feeling I should give it another try just for the cast. I actually grew up on the original London cast recording with Frankie Howerd instead of Zero Mostel.

It's ok, but the real gem is the hour-long documentary about filming it, Buster Keaton Rides Again.

Thanks for the link! I have not seen it and I will check it out.

His character isn't wrong about Aristophanes and burlesque.

No. One of the script's failings is that it could have done even more on that front, although Buster Keaton scrupulously demonstrating ancient Greek dance with his umbrella is still priceless, especially since he's humming "Oh, Susannah!" as he does it.

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."

That's great. Also I have now flashed on Danny Kaye's "Stanislavsky": "But I will never forget the day of my greatest triumph. I was playing part of antique mahogany bureau. So convincing, in the third act—my drawers fell out."

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