Archive for the ‘silent’ Category

Charles Chaplin (A Tramp). Directed by Charles Chaplin. Rating: U. Running time: 87 minutes. City Lights is the first Chaplin film I’ve returned to since I’ve discovered, fallen in love with and grown to idolise Keaton. And it is, alas, not better than most of Buster’s brilliantly humorous work. In the debate in The Dreamers as […]


Jean Dujardin (George Valentin), Bérénice Bejo (Peppy Miller). Directed by Michael Hazanavicius. Rating: PG. Running time: 100 minutes. Fresh off formidable reviews and awards-season success, The Artist comes to our multiplexes against all odds. The trailer cleverly disguises the fact that by going to see it, you will be swapping dialogue for silence. That move has resulted in an […]


Buster Keaton (William Canfield Jr.). Directed by Charles Reisner. Rating: U. Running time: 70 minutes. Just look at that face, and tell me it isn’t marvellous. It had always been clear to me just what a fine actor Keaton was, but it wasn’t until last night, seeing Steamboat Bill at the BFI to the sound of […]


Starring Buster Keaton. Directed by James W. Horne. Rating: U. Running time: 66 minutes. A short scrawny bookworm nerding it out 24/7 in the library as other boys bat baseballs and chuck javelins, Keaton here plays a boy intent on getting sporty in a final go at fulfilling his love-crush’s wishes and rescuing his chances […]


I recently bought the Eureka boxset of Buster Keaton’s complete short films, from 1917 to 1923. It really is a marvellous collection, and anyone keen to explore this name that you’ve no doubt heard of, but have probably seen nothing by, these early shorts would be a great place to start for obvious, chronological reasons. […]


Keaton shorts.

17Apr11

It’s hard enough to review silent movies in their own right, never mind when they’re also shorts. I gave The General and Sherlock Jr. the best attempts I could, but the latest four Buster Keaton features I’ve seen barely stretch over 20 minutes each. And yet they are, largely, amazing, and thus to not add […]


Kathryn McGuire (The Girl), Joe Keaton (The Girl’s Father), Erwin Connelly (The Hired Man), Buster Keaton (Projectionist). Directed by Buster Keaton. Rating: U. Running time: 45 minutes. Another top, typically hilarious effort from Keaton, and this time I’d go so far as to say that in my eyes at least, it’s even better and more […]


Charlie Chaplin (A Tramp), Jackie Coogan (The Kid), Edna Purviance (The Woman), Carl Miller (The Man). Directed by Charlie Chaplin. Rating: U. Running time: 50 minutes. What can I say that you won’t rightly assume already? Chaplin not only wrote, directed and starred in The Kid. He also produced it and even composed the music that […]


Marion Mack (Annabelle Lee), Glen Cavender (Captain Anderson), Jim Farley (General Thatcher), Buster Keaton (Johnny Gray). Screenplay by Clyde Bruckman and Buster Keaton. Directed by Clyde Bruckman and Buster Keaton. Rating: U. Running time: 75 minutes. Is there a legitimate debate to be had between the relative virtues of Charlie Chaplin, who was so popular […]


Alfred Abel (Jon Fredersen), Gustav Fröhlich (Freder), Rudolf Klein-Rogge (Rotwang), Fritz Rasp (The Thin Man), Theodor Loos (Josaphat), Erin Biswanger (11811), Heinrich George (Grot), Brigitte Helm (Maria / The Robot). Directed by Fritz Lang, Screenplay by Thea Von Harbou. Rating: PG. Running time: 118 minutes. First things first: this film was not made in 1927. […]