Buster Keaton Stanley Kauffmann - Essay

Stanley Kauffmann

(Contemporary Literary Criticism)

Keaton has never been forgotten, but he has been comparatively neglected. That comparison is, obviously, with Chaplin. Now some points seem clear. As performer, Keaton is certainly Chaplin's equal. As director, he is Chaplin's superior, more flexible in his camera movement, more sensitive to pictorial quality as such. As producer of whole, organic works, he is not quite as good as Chaplin. As manager of his career, he is not remotely in Chaplin's league. Chaplin had great business and promotive sense; Keaton had practically none. (p. 20)

Artistically, there are close similarities and wide differences between them. Both understood the body as the source of comic life, both had incredible control of...

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