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Buster Keaton: A Hard Act to Follow (1987) - Thames Series
Buster Keaton: A Hard Act to Follow (1987) - Thames Series


 
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A three-part series from Thames Television.
Part 1: From Vaudeville to Movies (1895-1924)
Part 2: Star Without a Studio (1924-1933)
Part 3: A Genius Recognized (1934-1966)

This Thames Television biopic from film historians David Gill and Kevin Brownlow is an example of solid, traditional-style documentary-making at its best. There could hardly be a better subject than Buster Keaton - a giant of the silent era, arguably a more important artist than Chaplin - and with someone who was captured so comprehensively on film throughout his life, there is an abundance of material to chose from, an editor's delight. We see Keaton go from the pale-faced jauntiness of his youth, to the lugubrious early middle age of alcoholism, with his dark-ringed sunken eyes, to the worn-out bald and wrinkled premature old age of his sixties (he died at just seventy). Made in 1987, A Hard Act to Follow has interviews with those who were close to Keaton, such as his widow Eleanor, actress Marion Mack and director Charles Lamont, plus an archive interview from the sixties with Keaton himself. It is therefore a valuable historical record, unrepeatable today.

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5 of 5 GREAT DOCUMENTARY! March 15, 2021
Reviewer: MARGARET ROBERTS from WHEATON, IL United States  
Impossible to find documentary. Great quality. Thank you MovieDetective!

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5 of 5 Splendid January 18, 2018
Reviewer: Patrick Hunter from Panorama City, CA United States  
This Brownlow/Gill documentary is itself a hard act to follow:  it's the best ever done on this great (greatest?) film artist.

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4 of 5 Excellent documentary about American film genius May 26, 2015
Reviewer: Kenneth Orme from Ligonier, PA United States  
I had seen this on videotape years ago, but was overjoyed at the opportunity to revisit it on dvd. Anecdotes and film clips are illuminating, though apparently older unrestored versions of the film were all the producers had to work with. Fine introduction to one of the most important American film directors.

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5 of 5 BUSTER KEATON March 30, 2014
Reviewer: JAMES MORRELLA from YONKERS, NY United States  
Great biography. Always loved him. Great comedian, but showed even more character as a person. Greatness can be defined as overcoming lifes many obstacles.

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5 of 5 Buster Keaton documentary April 11, 2013
Reviewer: Allan Willis from Columbus, OH United States  
Fine condition.   I wonder why no one else has released this on DVD.

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