Directors MORE DIRECTORS SERIES - Volume #212 - THE FILMS OF BUSTER KEATON

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  1. Brook K

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    Volume #212 - Buster Keaton
    The Railrodder (1965) (uncredited)
    ... aka The Railroader
    Excuse My Dust (1951) (uncredited)
    In the Good Old Summertime (1949) (uncredited)
    Easy to Wed (1946) (uncredited)
    Hollywood Cavalcade (1939) (uncredited)
    Streamlined Swing (1938)
    Hollywood Handicap (1938)
    Life in Sometown, U.S.A. (1938)
    Love Nest on Wheels (1937)
    Mixed Magic (1936)
    Blue Blazes (1936) (uncredited)
    Grand Slam Opera (1936)
    Tars and Stripes (1935)
    One Run Elmer (1935)
    Allez Oop (1934)
    The Gold Ghost (1934)
    Spite Marriage (1929) (uncredited)
    The Cameraman (1928) (uncredited)
    Steamboat Bill, Jr. (1928) (uncredited)
    College (1927) (uncredited)
    The General (1927)
    Battling Butler (1926)
    Go West (1925)
    Seven Chances (1925)
    The Navigator (1924)
    Sherlock, Jr. (1924)
    Our Hospitality (1923)
    Three Ages (1923)
    The Love Nest (1923)
    The Balloonatic (1923)
    Daydreams (1922)
    The Electric House (1922)
    The Frozen North (1922)
    The Blacksmith (1922)
    My Wife's Relations (1922)
    Cops (1922)
    The Paleface (1922)
    The Boat (1921)
    The Playhouse (1921)
    The Goat (1921)
    The 'High Sign' (1921)
    Hard Luck (1921)
    The Haunted House (1921)
    Neighbors (1920)
    ... aka Backyard (USA)
    ... aka Mailbox (USA)
    The Scarecrow (1920)
    Convict 13 (1920)
    One Week (1920)
    The Rough House (1917)
     
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    The Railrodder (1965) (uncredited)
    ... aka The Railroader
    Excuse My Dust (1951) (uncredited)
    In the Good Old Summertime (1949) (uncredited)
    Easy to Wed (1946) (uncredited)
    Hollywood Cavalcade (1939) (uncredited)
    Streamlined Swing (1938)
    Hollywood Handicap (1938)
    Life in Sometown, U.S.A. (1938)
    Love Nest on Wheels (1937)
    Mixed Magic (1936)
    Blue Blazes (1936) (uncredited)
    Grand Slam Opera (1936)
    Tars and Stripes (1935)
    One Run Elmer (1935)
    Allez Oop (1934)
    The Gold Ghost (1934)
    Spite Marriage (1929) (uncredited)
    The Cameraman (1928) (uncredited)
    Steamboat Bill, Jr. (1928) (uncredited)
    College (1927) (uncredited)
    The General (1927)
    Battling Butler (1926)
    Go West (1925)
    Seven Chances (1925)
    The Navigator (1924)
    Sherlock, Jr. (1924)
    Our Hospitality (1923)
    Three Ages (1923)
    The Love Nest (1923)
    The Balloonatic (1923)
    Daydreams (1922)
    The Electric House (1922)
    The Frozen North (1922)
    The Blacksmith (1922)
    My Wife's Relations (1922)
    Cops (1922)
    The Paleface (1922)
    The Boat (1921)
    The Playhouse (1921)
    The Goat (1921)
    The 'High Sign' (1921)
    Hard Luck (1921)
    The Haunted House (1921)
    Neighbors (1920)
    ... aka Backyard (USA)
    ... aka Mailbox (USA)
    The Scarecrow (1920)
    Convict 13 (1920)
    One Week (1920)
    The Rough House (1917)

    Bolded films I've seen. Slowly working my way through the Kino Keaton DVDs (have them all).
     
  3. Brook K

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    No introduction needed here
    1. Steamboat Bill, Jr. - A (My favorite Keaton film. The storm sequence is unbelieveable, non-stop action and it has lots of silly, fun, and romantic moments. One of my favorite film endings)
    2. Sherlock, Jr. - A (Keaton's most imaginative artistic statement. Some incredible shots and ideas here.)
    3. The General - A-
    4. Our Hospitality - A- (Lots of inventive comedy gags here and I love the cute little dog that follows Buster on the railroad)
    4. Seven Chances - A- (Another terrific action finale)
    5. Convict 13 - A- (My favorite Keaton short is this bit of slapstick in which Buster mistakenly ends up in prison)
    6. Neighbors - B+
    7. College - B+ (Fun sendup of our obsession with sports)
    8. The Battling Butler - B+ (Buster as boxer)
    9. Daydreams - B+
    10. Go West - B (Buster's Western spoof)
    11. The Electric House - B (lots of fun gags with Buster living in a gadget filled house)
    12. The Balloonatic - B
    13. The Paleface - B-
    14. The Scarecrow - B-
    15. The Playhouse - B-
    16. The Boat - C+
    17. The Navigator - C (The one Keaton feature I don't care much for)
    18. The Haunted House - C
    Own: 1 (need to buy the Sherlock Jr./Our Hospitality disc)
    Still need to check out Three Ages, The Cameraman and a number of other films. I may have seen a few more of the shorts and just don't remember them.
     
  4. Bill McA

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    The Railrodder (1965) [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]
    Excuse My Dust (1951) (uncredited)
    In the Good Old Summertime (1949) (uncredited) [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]
    Easy to Wed (1946) (uncredited)
    Hollywood Cavalcade (1939) (uncredited)
    Streamlined Swing (1938)
    Hollywood Handicap (1938) [​IMG][​IMG]
    Life in Sometown, U.S.A. (1938)
    Love Nest on Wheels (1937)
    Mixed Magic (1936)
    Blue Blazes (1936) (uncredited)
    Grand Slam Opera (1936)
    Tars and Stripes (1935)
    One Run Elmer (1935)
    Allez Oop (1934)
    The Gold Ghost (1934)
    Spite Marriage (1929) (uncredited)
    The Cameraman (1928) (uncredited)
    Steamboat Bill, Jr. (1928) [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]
    College (1927) [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]
    The General (1927) [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG] (Own the DVD)
    Battling Butler (1926) [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]
    Go West (1925) [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]
    Seven Chances (1925) [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]
    The Navigator (1924) [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG] (Own the DVD)
    Sherlock, Jr. (1924) [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]
    Our Hospitality (1923) [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]
    Three Ages (1923) [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]
    The Love Nest (1923) [​IMG][​IMG] (Own the DVD)
    The Balloonatic (1923)
    Daydreams (1922)
    The Electric House (1922)
    The Frozen North (1922) [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]
    The Blacksmith (1922)
    My Wife's Relations (1922)
    Cops (1922) [​IMG][​IMG] (Own the DVD)
    The Paleface (1922) [​IMG][​IMG]
    The Boat (1921) (Own the DVD, haven't watched it yet)
    The Playhouse (1921) [​IMG][​IMG] (Own the DVD)
    The Goat (1921)
    The 'High Sign' (1921) [​IMG][​IMG]
    Hard Luck (1921)
    The Haunted House (1921) [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]
    Neighbors (1920)
    The Scarecrow (1920)
    Convict 13 (1920)
    One Week (1920) (uncredited) [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]
    The Rough House (1917)
    Seen 23
    Own 6
    Might have seen some other of his shorts, not sure which ones.
     
  5. Mario Gauci

    Mario Gauci Cinematographer

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    Sorry if this isn't the right thread for this but would it be possible to have a list of all the directors treated to a poll so far in this Forum with (possibly) a link to the relevant thread?
    Although I haven't done them in a long while, it's a great idea but I'm not that keen on having to go back 5 or 6 pages every time I want to contribute to an "old" poll, not to mention the fact that every time one posts, the page reloads to show only the threads active in the last day!
    Also, a general thread of this kind would help one keep abreast of the diverse headers given to the directors in question - great directors, famous directors, more directors...[​IMG]!
     
  6. Brook K

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    Well, this would really be time consuming as there are now 212 threads to be linked to and each link would have to be copied and titled individually.

    I usually just do a thread search on the director's name to get one of the older Checklist threads to pop up. Although this doesn't always work. I knew there was a Visconti thread since I'd just done it recently, but searching on Visconti and Luchino Visconti in the thread title didn't pull it up so I had to pull up previous day's threads.

    As for the confusion on the names, Jim started out calling it "Great" directors, than switched to "Famous" directors. When I picked it up I switched to "More" directors just to differentiate mine from his. I've tried to otherwise use the same naming conventions as Jim but have had a couple of hiccups.

    Perhaps if Jim has a list of his directors he can just copy and paste into a general thread, then I'll add mine at the bottom so it will give you something to search on, but I doubt either of us wants to take the time to set up 200+ links.
     
  7. Kirk Tsai

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    Might have seen a few more, but not totally sure of the names. Have The Cameraman and Spite Marriage on deck.

    Ranking:

    1. Sherlock Jr.

    2. Steamboat Bill Jr.

    3. Three Ages

    4. The General

    5. Seven Chances

    6. Our Hospitality

    7. The Navigator
     
  8. Jim_K

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    Ratings out of [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    BUSTER KEATON (1895 - 1966)
    The Railrodder (1965)
    Excuse My Dust (1951)
    In the Good Old Summertime (1949) [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    Easy to Wed (1946)
    Hollywood Cavalcade (1939)
    Streamlined Swing (1938)
    Hollywood Handicap (1938)
    Life in Sometown, U.S.A. (1938)
    Love Nest on Wheels (1937)
    Mixed Magic (1936)
    Blue Blazes (1936)
    Grand Slam Opera (1936)
    Tars and Stripes (1935)
    One Run Elmer (1935)
    Allez Oop (1934)
    The Gold Ghost (1934)
    Spite Marriage (1929) [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    The Cameraman (1928) [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    Steamboat Bill, Jr. (1928) [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]/img/vbsmilies/htf/half.gif
    College (1927) [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    The General (1927) [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    Battling Butler (1926) [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    Go West (1925) [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    Seven Chances (1925) [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    The Navigator (1924) [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    Sherlock, Jr. (1924) [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]/img/vbsmilies/htf/half.gif
    Our Hospitality (1923) [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    Three Ages (1923) [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    The Love Nest (1923) [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    The Balloonatic (1923) [​IMG] [​IMG]/img/vbsmilies/htf/half.gif
    Daydreams (1922) [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    The Electric House (1922) [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    The Frozen North (1922) [​IMG] [​IMG]/img/vbsmilies/htf/half.gif
    The Blacksmith (1922) [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    My Wife's Relations (1922) [​IMG] [​IMG]/img/vbsmilies/htf/half.gif
    Cops (1922) [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    The Paleface (1922) [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    The Boat (1921) [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    The Playhouse (1921) [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    The Goat (1921) [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    The 'High Sign' (1921) [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    Hard Luck (1921) [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    The Haunted House (1921) [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    Neighbors (1920) [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    The Scarecrow (1920) [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    Convict 13 (1920) [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    One Week (1920) [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    The Rough House (1917)
     
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    Perhaps you should call it "Davantage" directors. [​IMG]
    BUSTER KEATON
    Seen: 13
    Like: 1
    Own: 11*
    Rank order:

    In the Good Old Summertime (1949)
    The Boat (1921)
    Sherlock, Jr. (1924)
    Steamboat Bill, Jr. (1928)
    The General (1927)
    Our Hospitality (1923)
    The Navigator (1924)
    Convict 13 (1920)
    Cops (1922)
    The Playhouse (1921)
    The Love Nest (1923)
    Daydreams (1922)
    Battling Butler (1926)

    * - considering my no "blind buy" policy, it may seem strange that I own 10 Buster Keaton films that I don't like (at least not enough to ever watch again). Well, I bought these (there's 3 or more on each dvd) a long time ago, when I would have sworn that I would have liked at least one of them. Finding out otherwise, is part of why I adopted a strict no blind buy policy.
    I like Keaton in the abstract, and admire his stunt work tremendously, but I must say that while I'm awed at his films, they don't make me laugh (with the exception of the Damfino joke in The Boat). I do like him in 3 films he appeared in later (In the Good Old Summertime, It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World and A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum), but as far as silent comedies, Chaplin is far better as a director/writer, although Keaton gets the nod for stuntman (at which Chaplin was no slouch).
     
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    The Cameraman (1928) - 10/10
    Steamboat Bill, Jr. (1928) - 8/10
    College (1927) - 6/10
    The General (1927) - 8/10
    Go West (1925) - 6/10
    Seven Chances (1925) - 8/10
    The Navigator (1924) - 8/10
    Sherlock, Jr. (1924) - 9/10
    Our Hospitality (1923) - 7/10
    What a surprise, I have the exact opposite opinion as george. Keaton is much funnier than Chaplin to me.
     
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    The Frozen North (1922) [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    The Haunted House (1921) [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    Seen 18
    Own 6
     
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    The 'High Sign' (1921) [​IMG] [​IMG]
    One Week (1920) (uncredited) [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    Seen 20
    Own 6
     
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    Hollywood Handicap (1938) [​IMG] [​IMG]
    Seen 21
    Own 6
     
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    Added Steamboat Bill, Jr. (1928) - 8/10
     
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    added Seven Chances (1925) - 8/10
     
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    added Our Hospitality (1923) - 7/10
     
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  19. Jim_K

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    Update:
    The Cameraman (1928)
     
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    My Wife's Relations (1922)
    The Goat (1921)

    Seen 23
    Own 6
     

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