Friday, March 24, 2017

BUSTER KEATON, UN GÉNIE BRISÉ PAR HOLLYWOOD (Directed by Jean-Baptiste Péretié) *****

What a genius! His fluid movements, acrobatic antics incorporating trains, cars, falls out of windows and so much more mark Keaton as a perennial mime treasure. But when he abandoned his own production company that had unparalleled success to go to the giant Hollywood machine of Louis B. Mayer, he falls on hard times. He eventually is fired from Mayer’s company and becomes an alcoholic.  If only he had not caved over to the wrong side, who knows how long his creative genius would have impacted on us. A great film with oodles of clips from his films, including home movies. (Screened at FIFA)

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