A series about the life, career and works of the movie comedy genius.
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Unknown Chaplin (TV Mini-Series 1983)
Documentary | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.8/10 X  

Using in part rare out-take footage, the film-making methods and techniques of Charles Chaplin are explored.

Stars: James Mason, Charles Chaplin, Edna Purviance
Three Ages (1923)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

The misadventures of Buster in three separate historical periods.

Directors: Edward F. Cline, Buster Keaton
Stars: Buster Keaton, Margaret Leahy, Wallace Beery
Comedy | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

After literally walking to Canada from England, Buster takes a cross-country trip across Canada on a railway motorcar (speeder).

Directors: Gerald Potterton, Buster Keaton, and 1 more credit »
Stars: Buster Keaton
Short | Comedy | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

After waking up from his wacky dream, a theater stage hand inadvertently causes havoc everywhere he works.

Directors: Edward F. Cline, Buster Keaton
Stars: Buster Keaton, Edward F. Cline, Monte Collins
One Week (1920)
Short | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  

A newly wedded couple attempt to build a house with a prefabricated kit, unaware that a rival sabotaged the kit's component numbering.

Directors: Edward F. Cline, Buster Keaton
Stars: Buster Keaton, Sybil Seely, Joe Roberts
The Goat (1921)
Comedy | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

A series of adventures begins when an accident during photographing causes Buster to be mistaken for Dead Shot Dan, the evil badguy.

Directors: Buster Keaton, Malcolm St. Clair
Stars: Buster Keaton, Virginia Fox, Joe Roberts
Documentary | Biography
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

The film is a documentary about the filming of one of Buster Keaton's movies: "The Railrodder (1965)"

Director: John Spotton
Stars: Buster Keaton, Eleanor Keaton, Gerald Potterton
Short | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

A drifter at an amusement park finds himself both the bodyguard and hit man of a man targeted by a criminal gang.

Directors: Edward F. Cline, Buster Keaton
Stars: Buster Keaton, Bartine Burkett, Charles Dorety
Documentary | Biography
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

A documentary which explores movie comedian Buster Keaton's five years under contract at MGM, where personal problems and studio tyranny nearly destroyed him.

Directors: Christopher Bird, Kevin Brownlow
Stars: Buster Keaton, James Karen, Louis B. Mayer
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

A pregnant peasant woman seeks redress from the Chinese bureaucracy after the village chief kicks her husband in the groin in this comedy of justice. As she is frustrated by each level of ... See full summary »

Director: Yimou Zhang
Stars: Li Gong, Peiqi Liu, Liuchun Yang
Easy Street (1917)
Short | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

A reformed tramp becomes a police constable who must fight a huge thug who dominates an inner city street.

Director: Charles Chaplin
Stars: Charles Chaplin, Edna Purviance, Eric Campbell
Hollywood (TV Mini-Series 1980)
Documentary | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9.3/10 X  

The definitive documentary about the American silent film industry.

Stars: James Mason, Viola Dana, Byron Haskin
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 Narrator (3 episodes, 1987-1989)
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 Himself (archive footage) (3 episodes, 1987-1989)
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 Herself (3 episodes, 1987-1989)
Raymond Rohauer ...
 Himself (3 episodes, 1987-1989)
William Collier Jr. ...
 Himself (2 episodes, 1987-1989)
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In this series, we follow the life of the legendary movie comedy giant from his childhood on the stage to his film career. Along the way, we learn of the works of this genius and his methods in creating them. Furthermore, we see how events drove him to ruin and how they turned around in his later years to allow him to enjoy the acclaim that was his due. Written by Kenneth Chisholm <kchishol@execulink.com>

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30 September 1987 (UK)  »

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Buster Keaton - Sein Leben, sein Werk  »

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(3 episodes)

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1.33 : 1
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Essential
14 April 2005 | by (Pembrokeshire, Wales) – See all my reviews

This has to be one of the best documentary/biography's around. Narrated by distinguished British director Lindsay Anderson, this is an incredibly detailed portrait of one of the silent screen's, nay, movies greatest and most talented legends. It details his life from cradle to grave in an unflinching manner, from his childhood in vaudeville to his debut in the Arbuckle shorts to the dizzy heights of the 20's to the tragic lows of the 30's and 40's then on to the rediscovery of the master film maker's work in the later years of his life, something we are all grateful that he lived to see. Full of wonderful interviews with the man himself and his wonderful wife, the late Eleanor Keaton, to those who knew him as a young man and the friends he had in his later life, with many examples of the work he did in television after his rediscovery in the 50's and 60's which show that he still had genius. I am fortunate to own it on a single video having seen it many years ago when it was shown on British TV, but, when oh when will it be on DVD? It's shocking that this and many other glorious movies particularly of the silent era are unavailable and some of the most turgid drivel, that is a waste of fresh air, is out there to buy, as if you'd really want to. It took them long enough to bring out "The Cameraman" on DVD, a perfect example of his genius. 10/10


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