Thursday, 24 November 2016

15 Buster Keaton stunts that will blow your mind

Joseph Frank 'Buster' Keaton was arguably the greatest film comedian of all time and a true icon of the silent era silver screen. An actor, director, producer, writer and stunt performer, he was best known for his trademark physical comedy. His consistently stoic, deadpan expression earned him the nickname The Great Stone Face. From 1920 to 1929, he worked without interruption on a series of films that made him the greatest actor director in the history of the movies.

Many of Keaton's films, such as Sherlock Jr. (1924), The General (1926), and The Cameraman (1928), remain highly regarded, with The General widely viewed as his masterpiece. Among its strongest admirers was Orson Welles, who stated that The General was cinema's highest achievement in comedy, and perhaps the greatest film ever made.

No stranger to landing on his backside, filmmaking was always a gruelling and bruising business for Keaton. He had broken his ankle larking around on a moving staircase for The Electric House (1922), was knocked unconscious by cannon fire on the set of The General and even broken his neck during the shoot for Sherlock Jr – not that he knew it until several years later.

Keaton claimed that he never refused a stunt, however dangerous. In fact he often doubled for other actors when they needed to take a fall.

Here are a selection GIFs that show just how incredible some his stunts were, and watch each in wonder and awe knowing that each one was achieved without digital effects and that many were potentially fatal.

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