Buster Keaton Shorts
The Short Films Collection gathers all of Keatons solo silent comedies in one monumental three-disc set. Widely considered to be among Keaton's finest work, the nineteen two-reel shorts are loaded with laughs, punctuated by breath-taking stunts, and bursting with raw creativity.
EP01 - The High Sign
The "High Sign" was Keaton's first independent effort, but he believed the film retained too much of Arbuckle's style of comedy and not enough of his own.
EP02 - Convict 13
Convict 13 pushed boundaries with the darkness of its comedy, particularly the scene in which Buster is about to be hanged in prison while his fellow inmates sit as spectators cheering on the proceedings
EP03 - The Scarecrow
Addressing the public's fascination with automation, The Scarecrow delights with its clever sequence involving surprising time and space-saving devices.
EP04 - Neighbors
Neighbors is notable for its acrobatic climax involving "The Flying Escalantes", as well as the appearance of Joe Keaton portrayingnaturallyBuster's father.
EP05 - The Haunted House
Buster, on the run, hides in an abandoned house where a visiting opera company of Faust also seeks refuge.
EP06 - Hard Luck
Admittedly a lesser work, Hard Luck was nonetheless Keaton's favorite of all his short comedies because it contained the greatest single laugh of his career
EP07 - The Goat
Filled with complex and inventive gags, The Goat is one of Keatons finest comedies.
EP08 - The Play House
The Play House - one of Keaton's greatest comedies - contains one of his best set pieces: a dream sequence in a theater where he plays every member of the cast, crew, pit band, and audience.
EP09 - The Boat
The Boat finds Buster building a thirty-five foot family cruiser. It was Keaton's most commercially successful silent two-reel comedy and ranks among his best works.
EP10 - The Pale Face
The Paleface is Keaton's comic exploration of the Western dramas that were popular in American cinema at the time.
EP11 - Cops
One of Keaton's greatest and most famous comedies, Cops is universally enjoyed for the inventive comedy and amazing chase sequence.
EP12 - My Wife's Relations
Keaton had married Natalie Talmadge on May 31, 1921. His matriarchal in-laws become the fodder for this minor comedy.
EP13 - The Blacksmith
This lesser work is nevertheless well known, as it has been in circulation and accessible for decades.
EP14 - The Frozen North
A parody of the Western melodramas of William S. Hart, The Frozen North was filmed partly on location near Truckee, California.
EP15 - Day Dreams
Day Dreams has as its structure a series of comparisons between how Buster's sweetheart interprets Buster's letters to her versus the reality of his efforts to make good.
EP16 - The Electric House
Keaton's love of mechanical gags is beautifully showcased in The Electric House.
EP17 - The Balloonatic
The Balloonatic is notable for the satisfying interplay between Buster and actress Phyllis Haver.
EP18 - The Love Nest
The Love Nest has the distinction of being the only film in this series in which Keaton took sole writing and directing credit.
EP19 - One Week
One Week was the first film to be released by Keaton on his own. The story involves two newlyweds who receive a build it yourself house as a wedding gift.
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