The Fall of Buster Keaton

Author: James L. Neibaur
Publisher: Scarecrow Press
ISBN: 9780810876835
Format: PDF, Mobi
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The Fall of Buster Keaton assesses Keaton's work during the talking picture era, especially those made at MGM, Educational, and Columbia studios. While giving some attention to the early part of Keaton's career, Neibaur focuses primarily on Keaton's contract work with the three studios, as well as his subsequent work as a gagman, supporting player, and television pitchman. The book also recounts the resurgence of interest in Keaton's silent work, which resulted in a lifetime achievement Oscar and worldwide recognition before his death in 1966.

Buster Keaton s Silent Shorts

Author: James L. Neibaur
Publisher: Scarecrow Press
ISBN: 081088741X
Format: PDF
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By the mid-1920s, Buster Keaton had established himself as one of the geniuses of cinema with such films as Sherlock, Jr., The Navigator, and his 1927 work The General, which was the highest ranked silent on the American Film Institute's survey of the 100 greatest films. Before Keaton ventured into longer works, however, he had honed his skills as an actor, writer, and director of short films produced in the early 1920s. In Buster Keaton’s Silent Shorts: 1920-1923, James L. Neibaur and Terri Niemi provide a film-by-film assessment of these brilliant two-reelers. The authors discuss the significance of each short—The High Sign, One Week, Convict 13, The Scarecrow, Neighbors, The Haunted House, Hard Luck, The Goat, The Playhouse, The Boat, The Paleface, Cops, My Wife’s Relations, The Blacksmith, Frozen North, Daydreams, The Electric House, The Balloonatic, and The Love Nest—to the Keaton filmography, as well as each film’s importance to cinema. Offering a clear and in-depth perspective on these 19 films, the authors explain what makes these shorts effective and why they’re funny. Buster Keaton’s Silent Shorts will enlighten both scholars and casual fans alike about the early work produced by one of cinema's most gifted comedians and filmmakers.

Lasting Screen Stars

Author: Lucy Bolton
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 1137407336
Format: PDF
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Lasting Stars examines the issue of stardom and longevity and investigates the many reasons for the persistence or disappearance of different star personas. Through a selection of chapters that look at issues such as inappropriate ageing, national identity and physical characteristics, this book will be the first volume to consider in depth and breadth the factors that affect the longevity of film stardom. The range of stars includes popular stars who are approached from fresh angles (Brando, Loren), less popular stars whose lower-profiles than their peers may be surprising (Taylor, Shearer) and stars whose national identity is integral to their perception as they age (Riva, Bachchan, Pavor). There are stars from the beginning of Hollywood (Valentino, Reid) to the present day (Jolie), and those who made uneasy transitions between countries (Mason), ages (Ringwald) and industrial eras (Keaton). The book examines the range of factors that affect how star images endure, including appropriate and inappropriate ageing (Griffith), race (Ice Cube) and digital technologies (Lee).

Buster Keaton

Author: Buster Keaton
Publisher: Univ. Press of Mississippi
ISBN: 9781578069637
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Interviews from the beginning of Buster Keaton's career in the 1920s to the year before his death are brought together in a volume that provides a critical perspective on his acting and cinematic techniques and includes pieces by Studs Terkel and Rex Reed, among others. Simultaneous.

A History of the Hal Roach Studios

Author: Richard Lewis Ward
Publisher: SIU Press
ISBN: 0809327279
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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"This book focuses on an independent film company that found a niche market between 1914 and 1960. The Hal Roach Studios produced short comedies, independent features, features, and weekly television series. Its forty-six-year survival on the fringe of the Hollywood filmmaking establishment makes it a unique subject of study. This history yields insights into its production and marketing strategies and the interconnected nature of the studio system during the 1920s through the 1940s and on into the 1950s, the early days of television. The company was responsible for the Our Gang and Laurel and Hardy series, Topper (1937), and Of Mice and Men (1940)"--Provided by publisher.

Buster Keaton remembered

Author: Eleanor Keaton
Publisher: Harry N. Abrams
ISBN:
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Traces the silent film comedian's career, from his work in vaudeville, through his early short films, to his later work on sound films.

The Elvis Movies

Author: James L. Neibaur
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 1442230746
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In addition to his phenomenal career as a singer, Elvis Presley was also a box office star, from his first film, Love Me Tender, to his final feature, Change of Habit, playing opposite Mary Tyler Moore as a nun. A film-by-film look at the 31 features starring the king of rock ‘n roll, this definitive study provides a wealth of information about each production, including interviews with people involved with Presley, reviews, marketing strategies, box office successes and failures, and how well each film holds up over time. DVD availability is also included.

Early Charlie Chaplin

Author: James L. Neibaur
Publisher: Scarecrow Press
ISBN: 0810882426
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Before making a name for himself as an undisputed master of cinema, Charlie Chaplin first developed his acting, writing, and directing skills at Keystone Studios. This book examines each of these films, assessing the important early work of a comedian who became a timeless icon.

The Monster Movies of Universal Studios

Author: James L. Neibaur
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 144227817X
Format: PDF, ePub, Docs
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In 1931 Universal Studios released Dracula starring Bela Lugosi. This box office success was followed by a string of films featuring macabre characters and chilling atmospherics, including Frankenstein, The Mummy, and The Invisible Man. With each new film, Universal established its place in the Hollywood firmament as the leading producer of horror films, a status it enjoyed for more than twenty years. In The Monster Movies of Universal Studios, James L. Neibaur examines the key films produced by the studio from the early 1930s through the mid-1950s. In each entry, the author recounts the movie’s production, provides critical commentary, considers the film’s commercial reception, and offers an overall assessment of the movie’s significance. Neibaur also examines the impact these films had on popular culture, an influence that resonates in the cinema of fear today. From the world premiere of Dracula to the 1956 release of The Creature Walks among Us, Universal excelled at scaring viewers of all ages—and even elicited a few chuckles along the way by pitting their iconic creatures against the comedic pair of Abbott and Costello. The Monster Movies of Universal Studios captures the thrills of these films, making this book a treat for fans of the golden age of horror cinema.

Butterfly in the Rain

Author: James L. Neibaur
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 1442251204
Format: PDF
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The chilling 1927 abduction and murder of Marion Parker—a shocking crime that unveiled the unthinkable reality of child abduction-- set off one of the greatest manhunts in California history, and became one of the first to consider the insanity plea during a trial. Here, the story is recounted in compelling detail.