Buster Keaton on-line

Keaton Convict 13 (1920)
I have always been a huge fan of Charlie Chaplin and for a long time I knew him only as the king of silent comedies. Many years later I discovered other legends: Harold Lloyd, Max Linder and Buster Keaton. I discovered Keaton through his masterpiece The General: a comedy about a locomotive in the civil war. That was the definition that someone gave to me what I was going to watch the film, and it sounded strange, however it was worth it until the last minute.
Linder inspired Chaplin with his very expressive character “Max”, Lloyd kept this tradition with his “Glasses Character” and Keaton did the opposite. His trademark was physical comedy with a stoic, deadpan expression on his face, earning him the nickname “The Great Stone Face”. It sounds weird if you never watch any of his films, but believe me, he was hilarious.
I watched more of his films in the last few months than in all my previous years. It’s easy to find popular films here, even the short classic silent films are available in DVD collections. Silent films from Murnau, Lang and Hitchcock are the easiest to find: there are many, not just their best. Excluding those guys and some other famous ones, don’t expect to find the whole collection of your favourite silent actor or director here: if you find two or three consider yourself lucky.
And that’s why I love so much the internet: it’s the place where I can find “obscure” films. Keaton isn’t exactly obscure, but thanks to sites with films in public domain I watched many of his films that I didn’t knew already. Internet Archive has a very nice list with his films and Public Domain Movies has two good collections to download. The best part: there are always new additions of contributors.
My research showed me 23 Buster Keaton’s films on-line to download, including two different versions of The General. I made a list with them, with links to where download, watch, the IMDb page and Wikipedia article. Not all articles about his films are good, but most of them have images of posters and other interesting stuff. And if you are searching for more information about Keaton try The International Buster Keaton Society Website and this site with 10 galleries of his pictures.
Buster Keaton shorts 1 to download with the films The Blacksmith, The boat, The paleface and Daydreams.
Buster Keaton shorts 2 contains The Playhouse, The Balloonistic, My Wifes Relations and The Electric House.
Convict 13 (1920): articledownloadwatch it.
Cops (1922): articledownloadwatch it.
Daydreams (1922): downloadwatch it.
Film (1965): articledownload.
Li’l Abner (1940): download or herewatch it.
My Wife’s Relations (1922): downloadwatch it.
Neighbors (1920): articledownloadwatch it.
One Week (1920): articledownloadwatch it.
Parlor, Bedroom and Bath (1931) – downloadwatch it.
Sherlock Jr. (1924): articledownloadwatch it.
Speak Easily (1932): download or herewatch it.
Steamboat Bill, Jr. (1928): articledownload or herewatch it.
The Balloonatic (1923): downloadwatch it.
The Blacksmith (1922): download or herewatch it.
The Boat (1921): downloadwatch it.
The Butcher Boy (1917): articledownloadwatch it (with subtitles in French).
The Cameraman (1928): articledownloadwatch it
The Electric House (1922): downloadwatch it.
The Frozen North (1922): downloadwatch it.
The General (1927): articledownloadwatch it or downloadwatch it (two different versions).
The Goat (1921): downloadwatch it.
The Love Nest (1923): articledownloadwatch it.
The Paleface (1922): articledownload or herewatch it.
The Play House (1921): articledownloadwatch it.
The Scarecrow (1920): articledownloadwatch it.
Three Ages (1923): articledownloadwatch it.

Update: watch all the videos at Videos with Bibi

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4 Responses to Buster Keaton on-line

  1. Muito obrigado.
    Dé uma olhada no http://www.ubu.com/ , o youtube de tudo que é avant-garde.

  2. Arbee says:

    Oh Bliss, Oh joy … thank you Bibi. Many you have mentioned in previous posts and I have downloaded — The General comes to mind — (another Thank You for the Internet Archive links over many months). This Buster Keaton selection will test my internet provider’s goodwill. 🙂 🙂 🙂

  3. Bibi says:

    Ah, o ubu web… é lindo! Adoro aquele lugar, tanto que coloquei um link aqui no blog para lá (sessão links). Já achei várias coisas maravilhosas e acho que tenho até dois posts sobre isso. Talvez esteja na hora de fazer outro. 😉
    Hey Arbee, test it! I’m always testing. In this moment I’m downloading Chaplin to my three posts about it. There tons of his films at Archive and I organized them by date. Just need to finish to download and upload them. With luck, until the end of this week I will finish it. 🙂

  4. Arbee says:

    Have pushed the limits a few times … Internet Archive is addictive. Checking back have thirteen of Bibi’s latest listing (and will be doubled real quick 🙂 🙂 🙂
    Oh, unrelated … but a Dodo link http://etext.library.adelaide.edu.au/c/carroll/lewis/alice/chapter3.html

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