Saturday, October 6, 2012

Buster Keaton-1966 R.I.P.

The great silent comic Buster Keaton saw his star career and his personal life fall victim to alcoholism as the talkies arrived. Although he never stopped working, he found himself at smaller and smaller studios, then smaller and smaller roles. He worked in circuses, then early television, slowly building his career back up. In the mid-fifties, his old films, many considered lost, were rediscovered and restored, his reputation for genius along with them.  By 1966, he was no longer considered a has-been but, in fact, a legend. His last appearance was in that year's major comedy release, A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM.

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