“If one more person tells me this is just like old times, I swear I’ll jump out the window.”
—Buster Keaton as Calvero’s partner in Charlie Chaplin’s 1952 film, Limelight.
Today marks 118 years since the Great Stone Face, actor/director Buster Keaton, came barreling into the world. In honor of the iconic comedian, stuntman, and filmmaker, Kino Lorber has released a (relatively) new boxed set of Keaton’s entire career. Read Farran Nehme’s review (published in Baffler no. 23) of the Ultimate Buster Keaton Collection, a fourteen disc Blu-ray box set.
So happy birthday, Buster, you ol’ deadpan with a smushed cap. Tonight we’ll dance in your honor and race fast and funny from calamity.