“My God, we ate, slept and dreamed our pictures.”
Buster Keaton remains one of the most influential filmmakers of the silent era. His innovative use of physical comedy caused him to push boundaries and reinvent how films were made. Even to this day his films continue to delight at his extremely impressive stunt work, and his character, who despite never cracking a smile, endears himself to you through every tumble. He never thought of himself as a genius but he was.
"The medium was still in its infancy; comics were pioneering the craft of making people laugh at moving images. Keaton, it turns out, knew it all — intuitively." - Richard Corliss, TIME