Sunday, May 3, 2009

"CUNNING STUNTS"

YouTube - Buster Keaton Performing Stunts in The General Back in high school in Simsbury, Connecticut as a junior and a senior in 1971 and 1972 I used to go with Paul Tuller, Greg Van Deusen, Phil Kudla and sometimes Debra Deming on weekend nights to the University of Hartford and Trinity College in Hartford to watch their film presentations. Some of the most memorable films were the silent movies of Buster Keaton, Charlie Chaplin, and the Keysone Cops. (See the You Tube link for a short clip of Buster Keaton in the movie "The General".)

Buster Keaton with his dead pan face performed all his own stunts. I was always amazed by his films and would wonder "How did he do that?", "Wow", "Amazing!!", "What cunning stunts!". Buster would get himself into many death defying predicaments that required split second timing and accuracy to escape. He was truly a master of physical comedy and an amazing performer. I recently found some of his films on a website called joost.com

So, check out Buster Keaton for yourself if you would like to see a true comedic master at work.