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Free download Buster Keaton Cut to the Chase a Biography ↠ E-book, or Kindle E-pub ¸ Buster Keaton 1895–1966 was a brilliant comedian and filmmaker who conceived wrote directed acted and even edited most of his ten feature films and nineteen short comedies which are perhaps the finest silent picSlapstick Keaton has become an icon of the American cinema Marion Meade's definitive biography explores his often brutal childhood acting experiences the making of his masterpieces his shame at his own lack of education his life threatening alcoholism and his turbulent marriages Based on four years of research a. I'm not a fan of authors who gleefully take on the role of iconoclast for its own sake taking leaps to keep hammering away at their helpless dead subject Meade offers some new information but it unfortunately gets swamped with all the mean spirited opining and speculation Never been able to bring myself to re read it for that reason alone and I've given all her other books a wide berth

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Buster Keaton 1895–1966 was a brilliant comedian and filmmaker who conceived wrote directed acted and even edited most of his ten feature films and nineteen short comedies which are perhaps the finest silent pictures ever made With a face of stone and a mind that engineered breathtakingly intricate moments of. It is a pity that Jack Dragga's excellent filmography is tied to what might be the worst professionally published book about Buster Keaton Dragga's filmography and the photos are the only reason I can see that would justify its continued presence in print Otherwise there is not much to say here that has not already been said the book is utter trash Meade uses her research to bolster any mean spirited and demeaning thing about Keaton she can whether that interpretation is supported by close associates and witnesses to events or not Her claim that Keaton was illiterate is merely the tip of the iceberg She cannot even be trusted to interpret the same event the same way offering two different accounts of how Keaton sustained a neck injury that fractured his cervical vertebrae If we are to believe Meade Keaton was thus injured by his abusive father during their vaudeville act and in accordance with Keaton's own account as a result of the water spout that pushed him off a railroad car onto a rail in SHERLOCK JR many years later Since Meade wants to have it both ways in that instance and you need to have another less jaundiced source handy to be able to gauge her interpretation of any event against that given by people who actually worked with the man or otherwise knew him reading her book turns into an exercise in spotting how much Meade will permit her biases to color any given event To that extent if the reader is granted at least as much interpretive license as Meade has given herself while writing this book CUT TO THE CHASE could be used to tell the reader about the writer than it does about its subject Meade may have created a new genre here autobiography masuerading as biography

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Buster Keaton Cut to the Chase a BiographyNd than 200 interviews with notables such as Billy Wilder Leni Riefenstahl Gene Kelly Douglas Fairbanks Jr Irene Mayer Selznik as well as members of Keaton's family who had previously refused to discuss him Buster Keaton Cut to the Chase is a startling and moving account of the troubled life of a cinematic geniu. I got about 40% into the audiobook before I couldn't take any I knew this would be trashy going in but I didn't understand how truly reckless and mean spirited Meade's treatment would be Within the first third of the book the author armchair diagnoses Buster Keaton with Dissociative Disorder megalomania and illiteracy She uses thin to no evidence for the first two assertions and the evidence she presents for his inability to read and write would make most performers used a ghostwriter for his autobiography relied on others to read incoming scripts and advise on their worthiness and internet commenters bad spelling and grammar in a single note to a gossip columnist illiterate She heavily uotes just one industry insider saying Buster returned contracts and legal documents unread or improperly signed which doesn't prove illiteracy but further highlights everyone else's including his own admissions that he was the worst least interested businessman of his era's comic stars In a single passage Meade paints Buster Keaton as an insufferable child star who would never be cured of his insatiable destructive need for attention and then refers to his teenaged reputation among fellow stage performers as a kind respectful talent She repeatedly refers to his cruel indifferent womanising but by the point I stopped listening he was an incredibly handsome film star in his twenties sleeping with other attractive actors who weren't looking for anything serious Meade kept saying things like this girl he was seeing must not have been happy about him moving on to the next woman Really Did she say so Are you about to uote from a diary or letter in which she talks about how heartbroken she was Give me their side of the story This is what trashy bios are usually for especially one that begins with its intention to focus heavily on the subject's personal life But no Meade makes a point of repeatedly telling us young Buster Keaton only dated free spirited independent young women looking for fun and then projects a traditional spurned woman narrative on every one of them as if it were impossible for sexy young women on a film lot to enjoy bed hopping as much as men Or as if this uneducated cruel egotistical emotionally atrophied jerk that she's writing about somehow managed to make every beautiful starlet forget her other prospects and fall for him time and againI kept wondering after each negative conclusion in this book wait how did we get here I kept rewinding thinking I had missed a particularly damning anecdote Nope I could deal with Buster Keaton being a terrible person who made great art and by all other accounts he had some big flaws but Meade took the same stories I was listening to and spit out the most dramatic conclusions she could imagine She took an understated comic persona and saw a debilitating mental illness She took a shy but gifted performer and saw a despotic idiot She obviously went into her research for this book with an idea of blowing the lid wide open on the total monster every other biographer and film historian had failed to find Trashy is one thing but this book is just gross