Buster Keaton: Symmetry of Laughter

“The simplest way of filming action is, of course, the hardest: you have to do it for real. [Keaton] gives us not a suggestion or an interpretation of an action, but the thing itself. The classical cinematography in his films reflects Buster’s understated personality. It doesn’t do the work for us; it doesn’t force-feed us predigested images. It trusts us to be alert and figure out what’s going on.”

Imogen Sara Smith, Buster Keaton: The Persistence of Laughter (105)

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