Lecture 2: Keaton

author: David Thorburn, Literature at MIT, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, MIT
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1. The Fred Ott Principle, continued

• The myth of technological determinism, A paradox: capitalism and the movies

2. The Great Train Robbery (1903)

3. The Lonedale Operator (1911)

4. Buster Keaton

• Acrobat / actor, Technician / director, Metaphysician / artist

5. The multiplicity principle: entertainment vs. art

6. The General (1927)

• "A culminating text", Structure, The Keaton hero: steadfast, muddling

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Griffith , D.W. A Beast at Bay (view film)

Keaton, Buster. One Week (view film)

Keaton, Buster. Cops (view film)

Keaton, Buster. The General (view film)

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Comment1 Stephen, September 15, 2009 at 10:05 p.m.:

Somebody please give this guy a ridilin! He needs to slow down and not stutter. He's all over the place with his points and especially in the very beginning its like playing a fragmented hard drive on a record player.

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