Buster Keaton – The Art of the Gag

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Published on May 14, 2016

Before Edgar Wright and Wes Anderson, before Chuck Jones and Jackie Chan, there was Buster Keaton, one of the founding fathers of visual comedy. And nearly 100 years after he first appeared onscreen, we’re still learning from him. Today, i’d like to talk about the artistry (and the thinking) behind his gags. Press the CC button to see the names of the films.
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Music:
Alexandre Desplat – Escape Concerto
Paul Simon – Me and Julio Down by the Schoolyard
Mark Mothersbaugh – Piranhas Are a Very Tricky Species
Mark Mothersbaugh – Bookstore Robbery
Alexandre Desplat – The Lutz Police Militia
English Chamber Orchestra – Playful Pizzicato
Alexandre Desplat – Kristofferson’s Theme
Devo – Gut Feeling
Recommended Reading & Viewing:
The Gag Man by Matthew Dessem – thecriticalpress.com/books/the-gag-man/
Keaton by Rudi Blesh – amazon.com/dp/0025115707/
Buster Keaton: A Hard Act to Follow (1987) – youtube.com/watch?v=WjCDuNzv6yM
Studs Terkel Interviews Buster Keaton – studsterkel.wfmt.com/blog/interview-with-buster-keaton/

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