Buster Keaton: A Hard Act to Follow (1987)

TV Mini-Series  |   |  Documentary, Biography
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A series about the life, career and works of the movie comedy genius.

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 Narrator (3 episodes, 1987-1989)
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 Himself (archive footage) (3 episodes, 1987-1989)
Eleanor Keaton ...
 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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I bought this on the recommendations made here.
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I fully concur with all the above. A wonderful film about a wonderfully talented and undersung human being we are lucky enough to have record of in his extraordinary movie clips. The first video is just plain fun and the third video is as satisfying and joyful as the second is painful. Truly a great documentary for anyone who enjoys biography. 10/10


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