Buster Keaton: A Filmmaker’s Life

Buster Keaton was nothing short of a comic genius. A man of many talents, he awed and entertained audiences of his day and continues to inspire artists and delight audiences all over the world.

An actor, director, comedian, stunt artist, screenwriter, and filmmaker, Keaton was innovative with his physical comedy and consistent “Great Stone Face” amidst the chaos surrounding his on-screen character. His film credits impressed audiences during the Silent Era and beyond, though the greatest moments of his career were during the days of silent film. Hailing from a family of vaudevillians, Keaton would make his own unique mark on the film industry and the comedy genre.

James Curtis’s Buster Keaton: A Filmmaker’s Life offers a thorough, engaging, and well-researched overview of Keaton’s life. To date, this is one of the most intriguing biographies about Keaton, capturing his successes and challenges. Supplemented with numerous photos, this book offers a fascinating perspective into the complex personal and professional life of Keaton.


Buster Keaton: A Filmmaker’s Life is available for purchase via Penguin Random House.

About Annette Bochenek

Dr. Annette Bochenek of Chicago, Illinois, is an avid scholar of Hollywood’s Golden Age. She manages the Hometowns to Hollywood blog, in which she writes about her trips exploring the legacies and hometowns of Golden Age stars. Annette also hosts the “Hometowns to Hollywood” film series throughout the Chicago area. She has been featured on Turner Classic Movies and is the president of TCM Backlot’s Chicago chapter. In addition to writing for TCM Backlot, she also writes for Classic Movie Hub, Silent Film Quarterly, Nostalgia Digest, and Chicago Art Deco Society Magazine.
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