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The Frozen North (1922)

Unrated | | Short, Comedy | 28 August 1922 (USA)
Buster plays a bumbling villain in this parody of melodrama.

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(as Eddie Cline), (as 'Buster' Keaton)

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(as Eddie Cline), (as 'Buster' Keaton)
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The Bad Man
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Bonnie Hill ...
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Freeman Wood ...
The Neighbor's Husband
Edward F. Cline ...
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This satirical parody of William S. Hart's melodramatic films finds Buster in the frozen north, "last stop on the subway." He uses a wanted poster as his partner in robbing a gambling house. When he thinks he spies his wife making love to another man he shoots them both only to learn it isn't his cabin after all. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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His life was in danger-a gang of Alaskan roughnecks were bent on a shooting frolic-but Buster chased them into the snow and they got cold feet.

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Short | Comedy

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A fagyos észak  »

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The film was an implied insult to William S. Hart, who released public statements against Buster Keaton's friend Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle during his arrest and subsequent trial. Hart refused to talk to Keaton for many years after the film. See more »

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Knife is pulled twice on The Bad Man in the fight at the end of the film. See more »

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Spoofs Foolish Wives (1922) See more »

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Surrealist Keaton
12 May 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I can imagine André Breton, Max Ernst, Yves Tanguy, Man Ray, Luis Buñuel, and Salvador Dali enjoying this Keaton short. A subway station in the frozen north, an attempted holdup of a gambling hall (a gag that only makes sense in the context of a film), the radiator of a sled overheating, golf clubs, a keep off the grass sign sticking up through the snow, etc.

The surrealist movement was influenced by the theories of Sigmund Freud and free association and his interpretation of dreams. Considering that The Surrealist Manifesto wasn't written until 1924, so it's very possible that this could have influenced the European surrealists.

I realize that this may seem like a lot of extra information, but having some knowledge of surrealism helps make this Keaton short more understandable and enjoyable. Even though this might seem disjointed, there is some logic behind all of this. If you don't believe me, just ask your analyst...


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