Tony Zhou’s video essay series, Every Frame a Painting, returns with “Buster Keaton: The Art of the Gag.” Although his series never disappoints, this particular installment may be one of Tony’s best, taking you inside the comedic gags of Buster Keaton, a founding father of visual comedy. If you’ve ever found it hard to appreciate the artistry of filmmakers from the silent era, then you will definitely want to give this a watch. And once you’ve taken it all in, you’ll likely want to spend time with our previous post: The General, “Perhaps the Greatest Film Ever Made,” and 20 Other Buster Keaton Classics Free Online. Also don’t miss this collection featuring another founding father of visual comedy: 65 Free Charlie Chaplin Films.
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Love this! Keaton is awesome!