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Buster Keaton in Steamboat Bill Jr. (1928)

Nosferatu, 1922.

Chaplin The Great Dictator

Chaplin depicts Hitler’s exercise regime for a nice, firm ass.

Buster Keaton.I’m dying here.

Greta Garbo, ca 1920, Henry B. Goodwin. (1878–1931)

Theda Bara was born 126 years ago today. 

“The screen was just a white sheet. They had this flickering machine. That was the first time I saw this angel with a white face and these beautiful eyes. I knew this was something special. It was the first time I saw him. He wore a flat pancake of a hat, and I just couldn’t believe the man’s grace.” — Mel Brooks on Buster Keaton

Madge Bellamy c.1928

Buster Keaton in Steamboat Bill, Jr. (1928, dir. Charles Reisner)
Keaton’s most famous gag occurred in Steamboat Bill, Jr., in  which the facade of a house falls on top of him & he survives because he is standing exactly where the open attic window falls. Keaton declined to rehearse the stunt before shooting the scene because, as he explained, he trusted his set-up, so why waste a wall?
Excerpted from Marion Meade’s Buster Keaton:
“As he stood in the studio street waiting for a building to crash on him, he noticed that some of the electricians and extras were praying. The window was just big enough to give two inches of clearance on either side. Keaton drove a nail in the ground to mark his position. When the moment came and the house front came down, he froze. The open window hit him exactly as planned. Afterward, he would call the stunt one of his greatest thrills. He said later that he did not care whether he lived or died: ‘I was mad at the time, or I never would have done the thing.’”
Scene on youtube  here, entire movie online at Internet Archive here.

Buster Keaton

“This shot is the most expensive shot in silent film history. It was filmed in a single take, that had to be perfect, with a real train and a ‘dummy’ engineer (notice the white arm hanging out the conductors window). Some of the locals who came to watch the filming, thought the dummy was a real person and screamed in horror; supposedly, one person even fainted.”

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