Steamboat Bill, Jr. (1928)

Date

2023-05-01

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ISSN

9781032160603
9781032160627

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Publisher

Routledge

Type

Book chapter

Peer reviewed

Abstract

This chapter discusses Buster Keaton's Steamboat Bill, Jr. (1928) - the last film he made at Buster Keaton Productions for release by United Artists before he moved to MGM as a contract actor - as the culmination and summary of his stage and film career up to this point. The distinctive features of Keaton's filmic and performance style are analysed in relation to the (changing) conventions of classical Hollywood cinema in the 1920s. The chapter also examines the filmmaker's contractual status at Buster Keaton Productions, his dependence, throughout his whole film career, on producer Joseph Schenck and on the major studios, and the (commercial) centrality of so-called independent production to the operations of the American film industry in the 1920s.

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Keywords

Buster Keaton, American film industry, classical style, independent production and distribution, Joseph Schenck

Citation

Krämer, P. (2023) Steamboat Bill, Jr. (1928). In: Wyatt, J. and Phillips, W. D. (eds) Screening American Independent Film. London: Routledge, pp. 31-9.

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Research Institute

Cinema and Television History Institute (CATHI)