Hear ye, hear ye! I am pleased to announce the return of Silent-ology’s prestigious blogathon, devoted to that inimitable thespian of the enigmatic visage and whimsical porkpie chapeau, the singular Joseph Frank Keaton:
Can you believe this blogathon is in its fifth year? I can hardly believe it myself. (That also means my blog is about to turn 5 years old–I can hardly believe that, too!) And thus, once again I would like to extend the cordial invitation to all my fellow film bloggers to join in this annual celebration of everything Buster Keaton–one of the most important and unique figures in cinematic history.
When: Monday, February 18 and Tuesday, February 19, 2019.
Where: Right here on Silent-ology!
How: To join this event, comment on this post and let me know which Keaton film or Keaton-related topic you want to cover. (If you want you can also send me a message). Please chose one of my banners to stick onto your blog to help spread the word about this event. During the blogathon itself, when you publish your post leave me a comment or send me a message with the post’s link. (And please make sure your post mentions my blog and the name of the event, such as “This post is part of Fifth Annual Buster Keaton Blogathon hosted by Silent-ology.”) Post whenever you have time during February 18th and 19th, no pressure!
What to write about: Anything and everything related to Buster Keaton’s life and career–don’t be afraid to be creative! (Here’s his filmography for some ideas.) Articles about his crew and the many wonderful actors who appeared in his films are always grand too, as are examinations of overlooked or obscure aspects of his career. Heck, if you want to make some drawings or write a poem, go right ahead!
For ideas and inspiration, here’s the links to the First, Second, Third, and Fourth Annual Buster Blogathons. There’s a lot of remarkable articles to comb through!
- To encourage a variety of topics, I’m going to have one of those darn “no duplicates” rules.
- As a little “thank you” for participating I will be holding my usual a drawing for all blogathon participants–details are forthcoming!
- As always–“Make Buster proud!” There’s a lot of dubious information out there about his life and career, so let’s try and steer clear of those persistent rumors and give him something to smile about!
Silent-ology | Buster’s Wife’s Relations–Getting To Know The Talmadge Family
Movie Movie Blog Blog II| Buster and Lucille Ball’s 1965 TV sketch
and Seven Chances
Maddy Loves Her Classic Films | Sherlock Jr.
Grace Kingsley’s Hollywood | Article on Buster’s coverage in LA Times film gossip columns
Silver Screenings | The Cameraman
A Person in the Dark | “Learning About Buster” essay
Julia Hut | Artwork TBA
Silver17 Productions | Tribute video about surreal moments in Buster’s films
Wolffian Classic Movies Digest | “Buster Keaton: The Art of the Gags” essay
Big Riot V Squad | The Comique films and Roscoe Arbuckle’s team
In the Good Old Days of Classic Hollywood | The General
Critica Retro | The Saphead
Taking Up Room | How To Stuff a Wild Bikini
A la rencontre du Septième Art | Our Hospitality
The Stop Button| Hard Luck
The Wonderful World of Cinema | The Great Buster (2018)
MovieRob| Limelight (1952)
Welcome To My Magick Theatre | Spite Marriage
Could I please write about Sherlock Jr?
Absolutely, maddy! 🙂
Great banners! You KNOW I’m in!
Heck yes! Ha ha
Yes, I decided to go with an “artsy” look this time. 😉
I’d like to write something possibly called “Buster Keaton: genius filmmaker, adequate celebrity” all about his coverage in the LA Times film gossip columns. He wasn’t terrible at doing publicity, but he wasn’t great like Douglas Fairbanks.
Ooo, I’ll be looking forward to it!
I’ve been catching up on your blog this week, btw–Grace always had the best scoop. 🙂
Please, may I do The Cameraman? I’ve not seen this film, so it’s about time! Thanks!
Absolutely! Oh my gosh, you’re going to LOVE The Cameraman–it’s a gem! The first time experiencing a comedy classic is always the best, too–I’m almost jealous of Future You! 😉
I’m in! My topic would be “Learning About Buster.” From a writing assignment in grade school about his obit, to “Candid Camera” hilarity all the way to worship.
Sounds wonderful, I’ll be looking forward to it!
I am not much of a writer but I love to draw! Maybe I can contribute illustrations to go with some of the articles. All I would need is a few authors willing to volunteer, and a short description of the article. I would give the illustrations to the authors about a week before the Blogathon and they’d include it with their blog post. What do you think? (this is juliahut from Tumblr btw)
Hi Julia! I’ve seen your Buster artwork before, nice to “meet” you. 🙂 I think that’s a very cool and unique idea–maybe the bloggers who’ll be covering specific films would like to volunteer their articles? We’ll see how things go!
How about another tribute video? I’d like to highlight BK’s surreal moments. I know he didn’t admit to such ideas about his films, but they are definitely there. Thanks for hosting once again!
Sounds like a plan to me, Diane!
I’d like to write something of a tribute artcle to Buster Keaton about Buster Keaton The Art of the Gags. i would love talk about his wonderful visual comedy.
Excellent, I’ll add you to the list! Thanks for joining. 🙂
Hi Lea: I’m going to write about the Comique movies and Roscoe’s team.
Blog: Big V Riot Squad
Post: Comique: Roscoe, Buster, Al and Luke
Wonderful!! You know how much I adore the Comiques!
Hi Leah. I haven’t been able to participate the late few years, but I want to this time. Can I claim “The General” ?
Absolutely, it’s great to have you back! 🙂
Hi! I want to write about Buster’s first feature film, The Saphead, from 1920.
Thanks for inviting me!
Le from Critica Retro
Great choice! Welcome back to the blogathon my friend!
Hi, Lea! I’d like to write about “How To Stuff A Wild Bikini,” please. 🙂
Sounds good! Glad you have you on board. 🙂
Thank you–it’ll be fun. 🙂
I’d love to take part, just need to decide which 2 films to choose.
Sounds good, let me know what you decide!
can i do limelight (1952)?
Absolutely! Just watched that one recently, btw–will be looking forward to your take on it!
Looks great ! Buster is a true genius and I admire his work. Unfortunately as a French, English is not my mother tongue and I may feel like an intruder in this blogathon which is going to be great 😉 Our Hospitality is one of my favorite Buster movies and one of the greatest comedies in my opinion. I already wrote about this movie but I may develop more about it 🙂
You are more than welcome to join the blogathon, even if your post isn’t in English. Readers can maybe use Google Translate, and I’m sure other French speakers will enjoy reading it, of course. Let me know!
Thanks for the answer ! 😀 If it’s okay I’d really enjoy to pick Our Hospitality ! I will do my best to make a bilingual article 🙂
Excellent choice, that’s one of my favorite Buster films too. 😊
Great ! Years after watching The General as a kid with my class, I watched Our Hospitality by myself, it was my first Buster Keaton movie for a while, and it was like love at first sight ! I am very pleased to have the opportunity to honor this movie and the memory of this genius, thanks a lot ! 🙂
Can I do Hard Luck for The Stop Button?
Absolutely! Welcome to the blogathon, Andrew.
I remember that this was fun last year, but I’m not sure what to write about! If I think of anything I’ll let you know.
Please do, MovieCritic! 🙂
Lea, I’m going to see the documentary The Great Buster perhaps tomorrow! I think this would be a nice subject I could write about for the blogathon! I’m at The Wonderful World of Cinema https://thewonderfulworldofcinema.wordpress.com/
That’s perfect! Welcome back to the blogathon. 🙂
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Could I please write about Spite Marriage?
Absolutely! Good choice.
Hi guys! I’m still available to do Buster illustrations that can accompany people’s articles… I’d need about a week before Blogathon to get them finished and turned in to you so you can post the pic along with the article, kind of like in a magazine. Anyone interested can reach out to me either by replying to this message or, better yet, shoot me an email at juliahut6 at gmail. You can see my normal art at juliahut.com and my weird Buster fandom sketches at tumblr.juliahut.com. Thanks!
Those of you who are covering films, especially–let Julia know if you’re interested!
Lea: This is from Steve at “Movie Movie Blog Blog.” I have now created a “sequel” blog, where I will post my entries to your blogathon. In your blogathon listing, would you please change the title of my blog to “Movie Movie Blog Blog II”? Here is its URL: https://moviemovieblogblogii.wordpress.com/ Thanks!
Updated! Thanks Steve.
My entries for your blogathon are now live at: https://moviemovieblogblogii.wordpress.com/2019/02/17/buster-keaton-in-seven-chances-1925-funny-in-spite-of-itself/
Thank you!! The blogathon post will be up bright and early tomorrow. ☺
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Hi Lea. I just want to let you know that my article for the blogathon will be at least two days late. I’ve got so much stuff going on at the moment, and I’m behind schedule again. I hope you can still accept my entry?
Not a problem–just send me the link whenever it’s ready! There’ll still be readers checking out the blogathon post. ☺
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