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


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#1 of 20 OFFLINE   Brook K

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Posted July 20 2005 - 05:05 AM

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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)

2002 Sight & Sound Challenge: 321  Last Watched: L'enfance Nue
Last 8 Films Watched: In the Loop - A- / It Might Get Loud - B+ / What Just Happened? - B / Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs - C- / Drums Along the Mohawk - A- / Punisher War Zone - B+ / Moon - C+ / A Man For All Seasons - B+

#2 of 20 OFFLINE   SteveGon

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Posted July 20 2005 - 05:10 AM

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 of 20 OFFLINE   Brook K

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Posted July 20 2005 - 05:21 AM

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.
2002 Sight & Sound Challenge: 321  Last Watched: L'enfance Nue
Last 8 Films Watched: In the Loop - A- / It Might Get Loud - B+ / What Just Happened? - B / Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs - C- / Drums Along the Mohawk - A- / Punisher War Zone - B+ / Moon - C+ / A Man For All Seasons - B+

#4 of 20 OFFLINE   Bill McA

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Posted July 20 2005 - 05:25 AM

The Railrodder (1965) Posted ImagePosted ImagePosted Image
Excuse My Dust (1951) (uncredited)
In the Good Old Summertime (1949) (uncredited) Posted ImagePosted ImagePosted Image
Easy to Wed (1946) (uncredited)
Hollywood Cavalcade (1939) (uncredited)
Streamlined Swing (1938)
Hollywood Handicap (1938) Posted ImagePosted Image
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) Posted ImagePosted ImagePosted ImagePosted Image
College (1927) Posted ImagePosted ImagePosted Image
The General (1927) Posted ImagePosted ImagePosted ImagePosted Image (Own the DVD)
Battling Butler (1926) Posted ImagePosted ImagePosted Image
Go West (1925) Posted ImagePosted ImagePosted Image
Seven Chances (1925) Posted ImagePosted ImagePosted Image
The Navigator (1924) Posted ImagePosted ImagePosted Image (Own the DVD)
Sherlock, Jr. (1924) Posted ImagePosted ImagePosted Image
Our Hospitality (1923) Posted ImagePosted ImagePosted Image
Three Ages (1923) Posted ImagePosted ImagePosted Image
The Love Nest (1923) Posted ImagePosted Image (Own the DVD)
The Balloonatic (1923)
Daydreams (1922)
The Electric House (1922)
The Frozen North (1922) Posted ImagePosted ImagePosted Image
The Blacksmith (1922)
My Wife's Relations (1922) Posted ImagePosted ImagePosted Image
Cops (1922) Posted ImagePosted Image (Own the DVD)
The Paleface (1922) Posted ImagePosted Image
The Boat (1921) (Own the DVD, haven't watched it yet)
The Playhouse (1921) Posted ImagePosted Image (Own the DVD)
The Goat (1921) Posted ImagePosted ImagePosted Image
The 'High Sign' (1921) Posted ImagePosted Image
Hard Luck (1921)
The Haunted House (1921) Posted ImagePosted ImagePosted Image
Neighbors (1920)
The Scarecrow (1920)
Convict 13 (1920)
One Week (1920) (uncredited) Posted ImagePosted ImagePosted Image
The Rough House (1917)

Seen 23
Own 6

Might have seen some other of his shorts, not sure which ones.


       

#5 of 20 OFFLINE   Mario Gauci

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Posted July 20 2005 - 06:56 AM

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...Posted Image!

#6 of 20 OFFLINE   Brook K

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Posted July 20 2005 - 08:30 AM

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.
2002 Sight & Sound Challenge: 321  Last Watched: L'enfance Nue
Last 8 Films Watched: In the Loop - A- / It Might Get Loud - B+ / What Just Happened? - B / Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs - C- / Drums Along the Mohawk - A- / Punisher War Zone - B+ / Moon - C+ / A Man For All Seasons - B+

#7 of 20 OFFLINE   Kirk Tsai

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Posted July 20 2005 - 09:01 AM

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 of 20 OFFLINE   Jim_K

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Posted July 20 2005 - 09:14 AM

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BUSTER KEATON (1895 - 1966)


The Railrodder (1965)
Excuse My Dust (1951)
In the Good Old Summertime (1949) Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image
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) Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image
The Cameraman (1928) Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image
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College (1927) Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image
The General (1927) Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image
Battling Butler (1926) Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image
Go West (1925) Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image
Seven Chances (1925) Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image
The Navigator (1924) Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image
Sherlock, Jr. (1924) Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image/img/vbsmilies/htf/half.gif
Our Hospitality (1923) Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image
Three Ages (1923) Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image
The Love Nest (1923) Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image
The Balloonatic (1923)
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Daydreams (1922) Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image
The Electric House (1922) Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image
The Frozen North (1922)
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The Blacksmith (1922) Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image
My Wife's Relations (1922)
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Cops (1922) Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image
The Paleface (1922) Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image
The Boat (1921) Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image
The Playhouse (1921) Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image
The Goat (1921) Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image
The 'High Sign' (1921) Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image
Hard Luck (1921) Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image
The Haunted House (1921) Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image
Neighbors (1920) Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image
The Scarecrow (1920) Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image
Convict 13 (1920) Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image
One Week (1920) Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image

The Rough House (1917)



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Posted July 20 2005 - 09:35 AM

When I picked it up I switched to "More" directors just to differentiate mine from his.
Perhaps you should call it "Davantage" directors. Posted Image

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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Posted August 20 2005 - 02:23 AM

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#11 of 20 OFFLINE   Martin Teller

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Posted November 16 2006 - 10:24 AM

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.

#12 of 20 OFFLINE   Bill McA

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Posted November 28 2007 - 10:29 AM

UPDATED:

The Frozen North (1922) Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image
The Haunted House (1921) Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image

Seen 18
Own 6
       

#13 of 20 OFFLINE   Bill McA

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Posted February 09 2008 - 03:37 AM

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The 'High Sign' (1921) Posted Image Posted Image
One Week (1920) (uncredited) Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image

Seen 20
Own 6
       

#14 of 20 OFFLINE   Bill McA

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Posted March 12 2008 - 11:26 AM

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Hollywood Handicap (1938) Posted Image Posted Image

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Posted May 16 2008 - 03:05 PM

Added Steamboat Bill, Jr. (1928) - 8/10

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Posted May 05 2009 - 03:24 PM

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Posted May 09 2009 - 11:15 AM

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Quote:
Originally Posted by SteveGon 

The Railrodder (1965) (uncredited)              +++
Excuse My Dust (1951) (uncredited)
In the Good Old Summertime (1949) (uncredited) ?? "Directorial credit?" For what?)
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)
             +++  (Way too many title-card-driven dialogue scenes, not enough gags!)
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)                        ++
The Scarecrow (1920)               ++++
Convict 13 (1920)
One Week (1920)                        +++++  (One of the only perfect films ever made).
The Rough House (1917)


 



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Posted January 02 2010 - 05:21 AM

Update:

The Cameraman (1928)


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#20 of 20 OFFLINE   Bill McA

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Posted November 22 2012 - 12:49 PM

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My Wife's Relations (1922) Posted ImagePosted ImagePosted Image

The Goat (1921) Posted ImagePosted ImagePosted Image


Seen 23

Own 6


       




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