Buster Keaton Retrospective
So Funny It Hurts: Keaton & MGM
(dir. Christopher Bird and Kevin Brownlow, 2004), 39 mins
A documentary which explores movie comedian Buster Keaton's five years under contract at MGM, where personal problems and studio tyranny nearly destroyed him.
(dir. Buster Keaton and Edward Sedgwick, 1928), 67 mins
In this silent classic, photographer Buster (Buster Keaton) meets Sally (Marceline Day), who works as a secretary for the newsreel department at MGM, and falls hard. Trying to win her attention, Buster abandons photography in order to become a news cameraman. In spite of his early failures with a motion camera, Sally takes to him as well. However, veteran cameraman Stagg (Harold Goodwin) also fancies Sally, meaning Buster will need to learn how to film quickly before he loses his job.