Buster Keaton: Cut To The Chase

On the advent of Buster Keaton s 100th birthday, Meade presents the definitive biography of one of the 20th century s greatest comic geniuses With a mind that engineered some of the most intricate moments of slapstick comedy, Keaton became an icon of American cinema Drawing on over 200 interviews, Meade reveals details about the private Keaton that make his comic brilliaOn the advent of Buster Keaton s 100th birthday, Meade presents the definitive biography of one of the 20th century s greatest comic geniuses With a mind that engineered some of the most intricate moments of slapstick comedy, Keaton became an icon of American cinema Drawing on over 200 interviews, Meade reveals details about the private Keaton that make his comic brilliance all the compelling Photos.
Buster Keaton Cut To The Chase On the advent of Buster Keaton s th birthday Meade presents the definitive biography of one of the th century s greatest comic geniuses With a mind that engineered some of the most intricate mom

  • Title: Buster Keaton: Cut To The Chase
  • Author: Marion Meade
  • ISBN: 9780060173371
  • Page: 258
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 1 thought on “Buster Keaton: Cut To The Chase”

    1. It is a pity that Jack Dragga's excellent filmography is tied to what might be the worst professionally published book about Buster Keaton. Dragga's filmography and the photos are the only reason I can see that would justify its continued presence in print. Otherwise, there is not much to say here that has not already been said: the book is utter trash. Meade uses her research to bolster any mean-spirited and demeaning thing about Keaton she can, whether that interpretation is supported by close [...]

    2. “This book focuses on Buster’s personal life. In recent years several fine books about his films have been published, so I saw no reason to plow the same field. By exploring the various elements of his private life, my aim is to reveal a more detailed picture of the artist, which perhaps will further illuminate his art.” (3) This is unseemly; there is no need for this poorly written, poorly conceived gossip. I don’t need to know the name of every woman Buster ever slept with, before duri [...]

    3. I actually stopped reading halfway through and mostly skimmed through the rest, focusing on a few passages of interest. The contention that Buster was functionally illiterate left me questioning a great deal of Meade's research, since there is plenty of physical evidence suggesting that Buster was literate, despite having little-to-no formal schooling. For a general sense of Buster's life, with his early successes, midlife failures, and rediscovery during his later years, this isn't a bad book. [...]

    4. I'm not a fan of authors who gleefully take on the role of iconoclast for its own sake, taking leaps to keep hammering away at their helpless, dead subject. Meade offers some new information, but it unfortunately gets swamped with all the mean-spirited opining and speculation. Never been able to bring myself to re-read it for that reason alone and I've given all her other books a wide berth.

    5. If you want to read a Buster biography PLEASE DON'T READ THIS ONE, or at least don't read this one first. It is hard to decipher why Marion Meade wanted to write a book about Buster in the first place because it comes accross in her writing that she doesn't even like him. Also she persists in spreading several myths as truth.Not the book to start with if you want to learn about Buster.

    6. Buy this one for the photos only, not the biography. Meade did not research her subject well at all, and makes erroneous conclusions about his life. This book is condemned by all the major Keaton experts for its slipshod approach to detailing Buster's life.

    7. If you want to read about Keaton, this is the one I would recommend to everyone. All that a biography should be.

    8. I got about 40% into the audiobook before I couldn't take anymore. I knew this would be trashy going in, but I didn't understand how truly reckless and mean-spirited Meade's treatment would be. Within the first third of the book, the author armchair diagnoses Buster Keaton with Dissociative Disorder, megalomania, and illiteracy. She uses thin to no evidence for the first two assertions, and the evidence she presents for his inability to read and write would make most performers (used a ghostwrit [...]

    9. I was first introduced to Buster Keaton's work in college. I had sated myself with all things Marx Brothers and was interested in checking out other film comedians. When I saw an ad at school for a screening of The General, I caught the show and subsequently started devouring all things Buster. Eventually I saw all the major films and read all the biographies, so I moved onto other things. But recently I felt an urge to check out one of the biographies written since my Keaton fad and picked up M [...]

    10. "A comedian does funny things. A good comedian does things funny." Buster Keaton: Cut To The Chase by Marion Meade follows one of the greatest comedic actors from his meager beginnings in Vaudeville, his friendship and pairing with Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle, through the hight of his early career in the 1920s and 1930s, his failed marriages, damaged reputation and unwillingness to stay sober, to his "third act"e rebirth of his career later in life. Meade does a good job in telling Keaton's story. [...]

    11. What an absolutely awful book! I cannot believe the inaccurate information given as fact. It reads like a tabloid magazine full of hearsay and recycled gossip. I felt after reading this that Meade had already formed her own opinion of Keaton before writing it and then sculpted her "research" to coincide with that opinion. Unfortunately it seems to have been written with the sole purpose of concentrating on that which would put the man in the worst possible light. Very one-sided and heavy-handed [...]

    12. I enjoyed this book. I don't think it deserved the unkind reviews it got here.It was dirty and gritty in some parts.And maybe even a little trashy.I think the Author deserves credit though for the hard work that went into writing it.It is very detailed and that is one of the things I liked about it.It entertained me and kept me happy.

    13. A brilliant comedian and filmmaker who conceived, wrote, directed, acted, and even edited most of his ten feature films and nineteen short comedies, which are perhaps the finest silent pictures ever made. #memoir

    14. An interesting look at the life of one cinema's greatest comedic geniuses. The tale is a sad one, however, plagued with abuse, alcoholism, betrayal, and destitution. Still, it is also about hope since the man worked continuously throughout his life even up to the day he died.

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