Buster Keaton Talks About Buster Keaton – 1962 – Past Daily Weekend Gallimaufry
Buster Keaton. A name synonymous with the early days of Hollywood and the Golden Age of Silent film, Keaton was one of the masters of physical comedy – an art form he perfected from his earliest days in Vaudeville.
This interview, conducted by the BBC around 1962, gives an abbreviated glimpse into the story of one of the most famous and pioneering of Film comics. He talks about his earliest days as part of a Vaudeville family and how he came, naturally, to physical comedy as far back as six months old.
Keaton was known primarily for his work during the Silent Movie period of the early 20th century. By the late 1920s, once Talkies came into being, physical comedy took a backseat to its more subtle forms, and his preeminence in Hollywood, like his contemporaries Charlie Chaplin and Harold Lloyd, began to fade as films evolved and sound brought on a whole new world of Cinema language to the audience.
The early days of Hollywood and filmmaking are, no doubt relegated to the realm of the abstract. Going on a hundred years, those initial attempts at story telling and visuals may seem strange and crude to those who have grown up on YouTube. But it all got started somewhere, and many people were part of the birth of Cinema – their contributions, though not considered now, were crucial to what Hollywood became in later years.
It was artists like Buster Keaton, and so many others, who took a form in its infancy and helped it grow up.
Here is that interview from 1962 as presented by the BBC.
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