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The Great Buster: A Celebration isn't as breathlessly entertaining as the filmography that inspired it, but as a long-overdue primer, it's close to essential. Read critic reviews

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Peter Bogdanovich examines the legendary life and career of actor, filmmaker and comic genius Buster Keaton.

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  • This movie lives in its black-and-white clips, which provide both a fine introduction to those new to Keaton's work, and plenty to dig into for hard-core fans.

    November 29, 2018 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • Any doubters are advised to see this movie, then treat themselves to a viewing of "The General." Case closed.

    November 6, 2018 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • When it comes to pure visual comedy, there is no greater director than Buster Keaton.

    November 2, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • Even with endless biographical facts, he remains an enigma. Maybe that's why that third act is the most successful: Bogdanovich highlights the work, rather than the man, and that alone is a master class worth taking.

    November 1, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • "The Great Buster" is a solid primer on what made Keaton not just one of the most important - and funniest - comedians in the history of the movies but also one of its most visionary directors.

    November 1, 2018 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • An amusing and authoritative documentary directed by Peter Bogdanovich that both satisfies the true believer and offers the agnostic a place to begin.

    October 18, 2018 | Full Review…

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