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Buster Keaton's Last Silent Masterpieces: 'The Cameraman' and 'Spite Marriage'

Buster Keaton was aware that the camera can be a catalyst of violence, especially stereotypical violence, for audience consumption -- and that it could also evoke the shared joy of cathartic laughter.

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Nary a Word: 'The Last Laugh' and 'The General'

Childhood is an excellent time to be introduced to silent films. One accepts them as a world unto itself, like animation or musicals.

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Nary a Word: 'The Last Laugh' and 'The General'

The sound era added nothing thematically or tonally that wasn't already perfected in silent films.

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The Cook and Other Treasures (2003)

Both films showcase Fatty Arbuckle's talents for physical comedy.

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