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Buster Keaton in The Frozen North (1922)

Buster Keaton in The Frozen North (1922)


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Date: 10th October 2008

Source: British Film Institute

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Buster Keaton in The Frozen North (1922)

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Comedy Buster Keaton Hole Lonely Stone Face


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In this timeless print from the British Film Institute, we witness Buster Keaton's comedic genius in full swing as he portrays a lonesome figure in "The Frozen North" (1922). With snow-covered landscapes stretching as far as the eye can see, Keaton's deadpan expression remains unchanged even amidst the most absurd situations. Here, we find him engaged in an unconventional form of fishing. Standing on a frozen lake with his trusty fishing rod in hand, Keaton gazes intently at a small hole carved into the ice. The irony is palpable - surrounded by vast expanses of icy desolation, one would expect him to be bundled up and seeking warmth rather than pursuing fish beneath freezing waters. Yet it is precisely this unexpected scenario that epitomizes Keaton's unique brand of comedy. His straight-faced demeanor contrasts sharply with the ludicrousness of his actions, leaving audiences both bewildered and entertained. As viewers peer into this snapshot frozen in time, they are reminded of Keaton's unparalleled ability to extract laughter from even the most mundane or unlikely circumstances. "The Frozen North" captures Buster Keaton at his finest - defying conventions while embracing solitude and isolation within nature's wintry embrace. This iconic image serves as a testament to his enduring legacy as one of cinema's greatest comedians whose stone face continues to bring joy and laughter to audiences across generations.

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