The Slapstick Lecture with Peter Krämer
New Beginning: Buster Keaton and The Cameraman
Date: Saturday 29th January 2022
The Cameraman (1928) was the first film Buster Keaton made as an employee at Hollywood’s most glamorous studio, MGM, after years of making films at a company named after but neither owned nor managed by him.
This presentation explores the reasons for Keaton’s move to MGM and the difficult conditions under which he worked there; the long-drawn-out process of story development for, and the style and themes of, The Cameraman; as well as the film’s limited success with reviewers and audiences.
Peter Krämer is the author of the BFI Film Classic on Buster Keaton’s The General.’