Buster Keaton (1895-1966) was a brilliant comedian and filmmaker who conceived, wrote, directed, acted, and even edited most of his ten feature films and nineteen short comedies, which are perhaps the finest silent pictures ever made. With a face of stone and a mind that engineered breathtakingly intricate moments of slapstick, Keaton has become an icon of the American cinema.
Marion Meade's definitive biography explores his often brutal childhood acting experiences, the making of his masterpieces, his shame at his own lack of education, his life-threatening alcoholism, and his turbulent marriages.
Based on four years of research and more than 200 interviews with notables such as Billy Wilder, Leni Riefenstahl, Gene Kelly, Douglas Fairbanks, Jr., Irene Mayer Selznick, as well as members of Keaton's family who had previously refused to discuss him, Buster Keaton: Cut to the Chase is a startling and moving account of the troubled life of a cinematic genius.
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Buster was the definitive working showman. Throughout his 70 years, he never stopped working - never stopped being funny. Euros and film students alike call him a genius, which Buster thought was bull$hit.
He learned to make a mess of his personal life from his abusive, alcoholic father but he lived for his work and was a true American original. Follow him from child vaudeville star to living legend of the movies. Keaton was one of the founding fathers of the movie and helped invent early Hollywood
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