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So Funny It Hurt: Buster Keaton & MGM (2004)

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

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Included in the 2-disc DVD set "The Buster Keaton Collection", released by Warner Home Video in December 2004. See more »

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Minor Keaton doc
26 February 2005 | by (Limerick,Ireland) – See all my reviews

A short look at Buster Keaton's troublesome MGM years, when he lost control over the films he worked on and went from being one of the most innovative stars in the world to being Jimmy Durante's straight man. Some interesting material, simply served up, though it's very narrow in its focus, and doesn't really have much new to offer about Buster's nightmarish fall from grace. Definitely worth having a look at if you're a Buster fan, though for a much fuller, meatier and satisfying dip into Buster's life and career, you need to watch Brownlow & Gill's magnificent documentary, Buster Keaton:A Hard Act To Follow. The problem is, that film is currently unavailable on DVD -- a shocking oversight which will hopefully be rectified sooner rather than later.


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