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47 Ratings

The Great Buster: A Celebration

Directed by Peter Bogdanovich
United States, 2018


Stunning restorations of archival works bring Keaton’s magic to life on the big screen, while interviews with his friends, family, collaborators, and a broad array of artists influenced by his singular vision detail a life and character that was as complex, bold, and graceful as his great works.

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The Great Buster: A Celebration Directed by Peter Bogdanovich

Critics reviews

Writer-director Peter Bogdanovich brings his formidable knowledge of movies to bear in this incisive portrait of Buster Keaton.
October 09, 2018
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Mr. Bogdanovich sometimes falls back on hollow critic-speak, enthusing over the perfection and brilliance of gags that speak just fine for themselves. But his selections from well- and lesser-known Keaton films are illuminating and astute.
October 03, 2018
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Peter Bogdanovich’s The Great Buster: A Celebration doesn’t break any new ground in explaining his work; aside from a welcome appreciation of the final years of his career, when the aging slapstick icon became an unlikely staple of TV commercials and teen beach-party movies, the case it argues for Keaton as a major filmmaker could have come straight out of the 1960s.
October 02, 2018
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