Because good news can never be shared too early, I am psyched–simply psyched–to be announcing:
It’s back! Once again I would like to extend a warm invitation to movie-loving bloggers to pay tribute to the one and only Joseph Frank “Buster” Keaton, our solemn-faced funmaker in the flat hat. Buster’s work has not only delighted generations of fans from around the world, but has inspired countless filmmakers, from Martin Scorsese to Werner Herzog to the fine folk at Pixar. He is one of our most beloved screen legends, and this February we’re going to celebrate his legacy.
When: Sunday, February 7 and Monday, February 8, 2016.
Where: Right here on Silent-ology!
How: To sign up, pick a Keaton film/topic to write about then leave me a comment at the bottom of this post. You can also send me a message (don’t forget to include your name and your blog address!). During the blogathon itself, when you publish your post leave me a comment or message with your link. Post whenever you have time during those two days. There are some banners below to stick onto your blog–please help get the word out about this event!
What to write about: Everything Buster! There’s a lot of films to choose from: roles in Arbuckle’s Comique films, his own shorts and features, 1930s talkies, independent films, 1960s T.V. commercials, cameos–and more. (Here’s Buster’s filmography for some ideas.) Want to compare/contrast certain films? Want to write about a certain period of his life, such as his time in vaudeville? Want to concentrate on a certain aspect of his work, such as his stunts or his use of special effects? All of this is more than welcome! I also encourage articles about his crew and the many wonderful actors who appeared in his films.
- Yes, I’m afraid I’m having a “no duplicates” rule, so there’s as wide a variety of topics as possible. The only exception would be if someone chose more than one film for a compare/contrast sort of article. If there’s a film of Buster’s that you absolutely must cover, act fast!
- Keep in mind that this ‘thon is an annual event, so if someone else claims your film you always have another chance next year!
- Let’s make Buster proud! There’s quite a bit of dubious information out there about his life (particularly his private life), so I’m going to insist that we do our best to wade through the rumors and find the most reliable info we can. Let’s give him something to smile about!
- BONUS: I will be holding a drawing for all blogathon participants–info is forthcoming!
To see last year’s contributions (and maybe to get inspiration!), here’s a link to the First Annual Buster Keaton Blogathon.
Silent-ology | Le Roi des Champs–Élysées
MovieMovieBlogBlog | Our Hospitality
The Cinematic Frontier | The General
MOON IN GEMINI | Seven Chances
Movies Silently | Keaton’s chop suey recipe
nitrateglow | Book review of Buster Keaton: The Persistence of Comedy
In The Good Old Days of Classic Hollywood | Steamboat Bill, Jr and Buster’s influence on silent era Hollywood
MIB’s Instant Headache | Review of the Buster Keaton Silent Shorts collection
Welcome to My Magick Theatre | The Cameraman
Once Upon a Screen | Go West
The Wonderful World of Cinema | Spite Marriage
An Ode to Dust | How Doughboys was influenced by Buster’s service in WWI
The Big Riot V Squad | Buster Keaton and the Passing Show of 1917
Portraits by Jenni | Appearance on TV show Route 66
Buster Keaton’s Name | The meaning of the nickname “Buster” and its use in the late 19th century
Critica Retro | Work with Roscoe Arbuckle
thefyuzhe | Favorite poses
nearlywitchez | Buster’s costume
Girls Do Film | The Navigator
Silver Screenings | Sherlock Jr.
tgreywolfe | Buster and the Tragic Mask
MovieFanFare | Three Ages
Jesgear’s Blog | The International Buster Keaton Society
Second Sight Cinema | The fall–and rise!–of Buster’s career
You know you got me hooked! I’d like to do OUR HOSPITALITY this year!
It’s all yours, Steve!! (And yes, I’m still thinking of what film to choose for your own blogathon, lol!)
Great news! Buster Blogathon #1 is the reason I have a blog at all – in fact I’ve just made a tentative step into blogging about a talkie. Not sure I like it, so noisy.
Anyway – need to think about my topic for this time, very much looking forward to your piece. Roi des Champs-Elysees is more fun than we have any right to expect of it!
I’ll be interested to see what topic you choose! 🙂 Yes, Le Roi is surprisingly good, and not too many people discuss it, strangely! How often do you see Buster play a duel role as a villain?
Hey. I’m Louis from the Cinematic Frontier. I’d like to tackle The General if it’s available.
It’s all yours Louis, thanks for joining in!
Looking forward to it!
OMG, did I make it in time to claim Seven Chances?
You sure did! Welcome aboard, Debbie!
Very cool! The timing isn’t great for me, but I’ll let you know if I can participate closer to.
Sounds good, let me know!
Reblogged this on and commented:
The cute-as-a-Buster Ms. Lea at Silent-ology has some wonderful news for you!
Being of the Keatonphile community, I so have to participate. I would love to do more than one article or post, but for now, I’ll just go with a review of my favorite BK related book: Buster Keaton: The Persistence of Comedy by Imogen Smith. Is that kosher?
Heck yes, it is! Especially since that’s also MY favorite BK book. (Which isn’t too surprising, because it’s just that wonderful.) Let me know else you decide on!
Can I do a piece on my top ten favorite post-1940 appearances of Keaton in film and television?
Certainly, that should be a fun list! 🙂
Ok I’m in. Could I do “Steamboat Bill Jr”? And I would also like to do another post on Buster Keaton’s major influence in the silent cinema industry, if that’s possible?
My blog: In The Good Old Days Of Classic Hollywood
You can definitely do both! Thanks for joining!
Yay. Excited. Thanks Lea.
I still have the fourth disc of the Buster Keaton Silent Shorts collection to watch. Can I submit that review for this project please?
You sure can! Welcome aboard. 🙂
This sounds like a fun blogfest! May I do The Cameraman?
My main blog is called Welcome to My Magick Theatre.
Sure thing, welcome to the blogathon!
Hi! If available can I cover GO WEST (1925)?
Once Upon a Screen
Yes you may! 🙂
So glad this blogathon is back because, I don’t know why, bur Buster Keatons (and Alfred Hitchcock)’s films are the one I likt the most to review.
Well, for this 2nd annual I’d like to review ‘Spite Marriage’! My blog is The Wonderful World of Cinema
It’s all yours–welcome back!
Yaaay! I’ve been waiting for this!! May I cover Doughboys and correlate it to his time during WWI in general?
It’s all yours!! I like the WWI angle, btw–that’s such a monumental era in history.
Very excited to read all these blogposts!!!
Hi Lea. I’m happy you’re doing a second annual. I’d like to write about the show that Buster left vaudeville to join and then left that show to join Roscoe Arbuckle. I’m calling it Buster Keaton and the Passing Show of 1917.
Hi Joe! That’s a fascinating topic, I’ll look forward to reading it!
Oh, and can you send me your blog address so I can link it?
Sorry, Lea. I forgot:
The Big V Riot Squad
Thanks! I was 99% sure that was your blog, but needed to be 100%. 😉
i’d like to participate. I’ve been watching the old tv show, Route 66, via Me TV, and a couple weeks ago an episode aired that starred Buster Keaton. I’d like to write about that episode.
Hi Jenni! Nice choice, welcome to the blogathon. 🙂
I plan to continue with part 2 of my study into the origin of Buster Keaton’s name. Part one, written for your 1st blogathon, uncovered the myth that Keaton was the first person named Buster. Part 2 will look deeper into the multiple meanings of the word and why it was frequently applied to children at the time of his birth.
Here’s the link: busterkeatonsname.blogspot.com
Wonderful! Your meticulous research is excellent–I look forward to seeing what you have in store this year. 🙂
Wow, a lot of great movies are already taken! I’m glad nobody chose my topic yet: the Keaton – Fatty Arbuckle partnership.
I’m Le from Critica Retro
Yay, I love anything to do with Buster and Roscoe’s work together! Welcome back !
Since Le Roi des Champs-Élysées is taken (shucks), what about a post on the different poses that Buster has done throughout the years? My favorite being his Scout Pose for instance.
And the link: http://thefyuzhe.tumblr.com/
Great idea!! Welcome to the blogathon! Yes, Le Roi is taken…er, by me….*awkward shuffle* (Here I was thinking it would be overlooked, like last year!) I love your idea though, I know some fans who’ve even done collages of his more famous poses.
This would be my first buster blogathon! I was wondering if I could write about busters choice of costumes ?
Certainly, welcome to the blogathon! I’ll be interesting in seeing what you have to say.
Again, you say? OH GO ON THEN!
Please could I take The Navigator? Thank you 🙂
You most certainly can! Welcome back. (And I’m about to watch that very film tonight, btw!)
What?! Sherlock Jr isn’t taken?! If it’s available, may I have it?
P.S. So glad you’re doing this again. 😉
And I’m happy to be hosting it again! Sherlock Jr is all yours.
Hello, I enjoyed the Keaton blog-a-thon last year and was encouraged to sign up for a topic this year. I’d like to make a few comments regarding Buster and The Tragic Mask.
Welcome to the blogathon, Tracy!
Hey, Lea, glad to see there’ll be another Keaton blogathon next year. I’d like to sign up with a review of his era-spanning 1923 feature Three Ages (Buster and dinosaurs, perfect together). I’ll get a banner up on our homepage this weekend. Thanks.
Great choice, welcome aboard!
Hello, Lea. I’m enjoying reading articles posted on your blog. And I’m interested in participating in your BK Blogathon if it’s not too late for me to sign on. I thought about writing about the Damfinos, The International Buster Keaton Society, and their Celebration held in Muskegon, Michigan, every October. My blog is at https://jesgear.wordpress.com/
Hi there! Yup, there’s plenty of time to participate–glad you joined in! Nice subject, too.
Lea, I’m sorry, but I have to drop out from the Keaton Blogathon. Work and life are getting in the way, and I don’t have time to participate. I look forward to future events and am enjoying your blog. Thanks.
Aw, no worries. I completely understand about life getting in the way sometimes. 🙂 There’ll always be more Buster blogathons in the future!
Been watching for this announcement, not sure how I missed it, but glad you’re doing Round 2!
Since virtually all the features have been claimed, I’d like to write on The Great Fall and more important (and usually less emphasized) Buster’s slow, patient turnaround and reclamation of his life and work.
Will that fly?
It sure will! Glad you’re joining in, Lesley!
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Hello! Here is the link to my post for the Buster Blogathon: http://tgreywolfe.tumblr.com/post/138837566922/buster-keaton-a-tragic-mask
Looking forward to reading so many varied perspectives on Buster.
Thank you so much!! Will be posting early next–err, THIS morning! 😉
Hi Lea. I’ve been looking forward to this since the first Buster Keaton Blogathon. My entry:
blog: The Big V Riot Squad
post: Buster Keaton and the Passing Show of 1917
Wonderful, thank you! I’m looking forward to reading your contribution. 🙂
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Hi there! It’s taken a while to comment, but I made it! I’d like to do something on three of my favorite Buster shorts – ONE WEEK – THE COOK – THE PLAY HOUSE. A three cheers for Buster, if you will. Does that work?
Once Upon a Screen
That works beautifully, welcome to the blogathon Aurora!!
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