Tag Archives: Silent film

today’s birthday: Buster Keaton (1895) (and great documentary on his life and career)


Buster Keaton (1895)

Though his career had its ups and downs, Keaton is recognized today as one of silent cinema‘s greatest actors and filmmakers. He is remembered as much for his acrobatic skill as for his trademark deadpan expression, both of which he developed performing in vaudeville as a child and honed over the course of his decades-long career on the silver screen, starring in such classics as The General and Steamboat Bill, Jr. How did Joseph Frank Keaton come to be known as Buster? More… Discuss

Buster Keaton Documentary 2014

TODAY’S BIRTHDAY: CHARLIE CHAPLIN (1889)


Charlie Chaplin (1889)

Chaplin was one of the most creative personalities in the silent film era: he acted in, directed, scripted, produced, and eventually scored his own films. Merging physical grace and disrespect for authority, he created a signature character, the Little Tramp, who wore a gentlemen’s derby, carried a cane, and sported a toothbrush mustache. The Little Tramp’s baggy trousers and oversized shoes contributed to his unique, bow-legged dance-walk. How did Chaplin’s political leanings affect his career? More… Discuss
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Greatest Speech Ever Made Charlie Chaplin The Great Dictator W/Time Inception

If you like it, support it – 
The movie that this speech is from is “The Great Dictator”
http://www.amazon.com/The-Great-Dicta…

The background music is “Time” composed by Hans Zimmer from the Inception Soundtrack
http://www.amazon.com/Inception-Hans-…

I know there are many versions of this clip floating around the net (and thankfully so for this speech should be shared), and though most of them are of good quality, I made this one with the intent of creating a higher quality version. 

I added the music, very simply, because I like it. I feel it fits perfectly. I don’t take credit for the idea, I just wanted to improve on it.

That said, I am never going to add clips to this speech. 
I’ve seen so many versions where people have added movie and news clips in an attempt to increase the impact of this speech, or to promote their political views, and the result is always the same- 
It SUCKS!! (except for the Star Wars Version- that was pretty cool)
http://youtu.be/ATJaT8P6mSE

If I were to add any images to this video, your thoughts would be limited to the visuals attached to it.
This speech is a treasure to find and a gift to give because it can connect to people from all walks of life. I’m not going to take away from the meaning by pushing my thoughts, beliefs or grudges on you or anyone else.
Think for yourself and create your own personal connection to this.

Believe in more than you see, and a new world will appear before you.

(5/7/13) –
For all the purists, I have finally completed and posted the “non-musical” version of this speech in it’s entirety. 
http://youtu.be/TQU9J2ssOF8

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TODAY’S BIRTHDAY: FATTY ARBUCKLE (1887)


Fatty Arbuckle (1887)

Roscoe Conkling “Fatty” Arbuckle was a portly American silent film comedian. Despite his size, Arbuckle was physically adept and surprisingly agile. His comedies are known for their rollicking, fast-paced nature, and he was particularly fond of the now-famous “pie in the face” gag. Arbuckle had a lasting impact on the silent film genre and mentored stars Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton. However, he is best known for his involvement in what scandal that destroyed his career? More… Discuss

 

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