Buster Keaton or the Love of Geometry

Comedy in the Age of Objectivity
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Buster Keaton engaged persistently in hopeless battles, whether against flying houses, runaway locomotives or speeding escalators. Inspired by the machinery of his time, Keaton saw the onset of technical progress as a challenge rather than a threat. Man and technology come together in his films to create a bizarre Gesamtkunstwerk, which today – thanks to DVD – constantly continue to amaze. Klaus Nüchtern traces Keaton’s journey from the modest vaudevillian to the technical perfectionist, who with films like The General gave the cinema a completely new dimension.
 
Klaus Nüchtern (b. 1961) grew up in Vienna, where he studied English and German literature. He has been cultural editor of the Austrian weekly newspaper Falter since 1990. The complete editions of his column "Nüchtern observes" are available as a compilation in 5 volumes. In 2011 he was awarded the Austrian State Prize for literary criticism.
 
Klaus Nüchtern
Buster Keaton or the Love of Geometry
Comedy in the Age of Objectivity
320 pages, with numerous illustrations. In German
KINO Series, Vol. 10
Zsolnay Verlag, Vienna 2012
ISBN 978-3-552-05584-1
 
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