Tag Archives: Buster Keaton

The Chaotic Era When Hollywood Found Sound

I recently finished Scott Eyman’s book “The Speed of Sound”, a chronicle of how sound transformed Hollywood in the late 1920s. This may all seem very stodgy since talkies have been around now for  close to 90 years… but Eyman makes us understand not only how big a change this was, but how fast it … Continue reading The Chaotic Era When Hollywood Found Sound

Around the World in Eighty Days

SEE EVERYTHING IN THE WORLD WORTH SEEING! DO EVERYTHING IN THE WORLD WORTH DOING! In the late 1800s, London aristocrat Phileas Fogg (David Niven) makes a wager with fellow members at the Reform Club that he can travel around the world in as little as 80 days. One of the first epics to fill almost … Continue reading Around the World in Eighty Days

The General: Spies, Trains and a Girl

LOVE, LOCOMOTIVES AND LAUGHS.  One has to wonder if critics and audiences were blind in 1927 when The General premiered. Admittedly, Buster Keaton had made several comedies that were audacious, but lack of thrills was not the reason why people seemed indifferent to the film. Some critics found its earnest intentions confusing and considered the … Continue reading The General: Spies, Trains and a Girl

Sunset Blvd: The Walking Dead

A HOLLYWOOD STORY. Gloria Swanson used to be big. She had a pretty decent career as a silent-movie star, but shortly after transitioning into talkies she was abandoned by her fans. When Billy Wilder set out to make his finest film ever, a black comedy about Hollywood, he needed to find the right actress for … Continue reading Sunset Blvd: The Walking Dead