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This post is part of Sixth Annual Buster Keaton Blogathon hosted by Silent-ology.

This movie is truly one of my favorites! One of the reasons I love Buster so is for his ability to keep going through any storm and the gentleness he posses through all of it. He truly was beautiful. In this film, my most memorable scene was the scene in which Buster and Betsy are trying to find a safe and dry place to bunk on the ship. After many seeing many scares inside, and managing to drench themselves on deck, they settle in the ship’s dining room at a booth. Buster is perplexed, trying to figure how to find a nice dry spot. He’s been rattling off a few minutes before he looks at Betsy to find she is asleep on his shoulder. He immediately stops talking and rests his head sweetly on hers. Wow, how he knew how to make a heart smile.

If I were Betsy

He was little, but he made me feel safe. Such odd circumstances brought us together. It was hard not to stare at his loveable face and his eyes that could peirce my heart forever. I laid my head upon his shoulder and heaved a happy sigh. He’ll never know how thankful I am for this time.

Happy Resurrection Sunday

Today is a day of rejoicing! Our Savior Lives, Praise Jesus!

This has been quite the start to the year, but one theme has remained: all things will be used for our good and God’s glory, and so long as He is holding our hands, it will be alright. Let me encourage you today, call to your Daddy and tell Him the joy you have in your heart for all He has done in sending Jesus to die and rise again to save us. And tell Him, you’re thankful to be His child. As all else fades, that joy will remain.

I love you all dearly and wanted to share this very special service with you. If anything remains in your mind from it I hope it is:

I hope you all have a wonderful Resurrection Day! God bless you all with peace and love! He is risen, he has risen indeed!

Free and Easy

This post is part of Seventh Annual Buster Keaton Blogathon hosted by Silent-ology.

Hello again! I like to give a big “Thank you!” to Leah for hosting the blogathon for another year!

Now, I know most Buster Keaton fans try to overlook his first talkie, Free and Easy (1930), as it marks the handover of Buster’s freedom to MGM. While, it is quite apparent that Buster does not play his usual character that we all identify him as in this film, I don’t find it to be an entirely dim production.

FREE AND EASY, right: Buster Keaton on window card, 1930.

“Free and Easy opened to generally negative reviews with Robert E. Sherwood in Film Daily remarking that, “Buster Keaton, trying to imitate a standard musical comedy clown, is no longer Buster Keaton and no longer funny.” However, audiences, perhaps drawn by Keaton’s co-stars or the novelty of hearing him speak, made Free and Easy a hit, in fact, a bigger hit than most of his now famous silent films.”(B. Cady).

Chalk it up to hearing Buster’s lovely voice, it was a huge bonus for me too, but I just don’t believe this was the only Keaton-inspired draw to this movie. The studio did try to reduce the brilliant Buster Keaton to something of an unintelligent klutz, but if you know our little dear, their attempts could not stop his resilience and amazing talent from shining through. One of my main defenses for this movie is in fact his performance. Buster stepped out from his normal comedic character and became a singer, a dancer, and a dramatic actor that makes your eyes well up with tears, or at least mine did.

I am not an easy crier. I prefer to analyze my emotions before I display them and Buster’s way of controlling his was one of, if not the thing that initially made me fascinated with him. The first day I watched this movie was a memorably challenging day for me. I found my heart was very disillusioned and in a daze just like Buster’s character at the end of the movie. There was a similar feeling about that day as the one he portrayed on the screen. I suppose it was the feeling that you had tried your hardest for love, but it didn’t notice you again, and the time for trying was over and there was nothing to be done about that. I had been out that day, and when I came home I knew I needed to see a comforting face. So, I put on the new comedian I had started admiring. The one with the flat hat and the big, beautiful eyes. This was to be my first time hearing his voice in a picture, and I was saving it for a melancholy day. I pressed play and left my troubles to be emersed in his.

I enjoyed hearing him sing and watching him dance, but the end was what really captured my attention. Rejected in a way only he understands, Buster walks on the set. The girl he once dreamed would someday be his own asked him one last favor, make her laugh. So, there he stood, his face painted with a clown’s make up. He gave his performance and all present grinned. Then, the final song played, and he stood amidst a group of faces graced with smiles while his face remained as still as an unlit candle. And he surrendered her, but refused to let a single tear fall.

At that moment I knew I had found the first person I felt I could truly understand. The little man seemed to be portraying all my very thoughts, fears, and emotions in a few simple seconds. And I found myself unable to control my own tears. As they fell, I told God, “That is exactly how I feel now.” I still thank Him for His sweetness in giving me “Free and Easy” on that day to let me know He understood and everything would be alright.

So much time has passed, and God has filled my heart up again. He has given me His own love to mend the injuries. And even now, I am still so very thankful for that special day when He showed me the little man I fell in love with, the man who continues to inspire me to be strong, which is only through God’s strength, Buster Keaton.

Cady, B. (1970, January 01). Free and Easy. Retrieved December 13, 2020, from https://www.tcm.com/tcmdb/title/13763/free-and-easy

To see my tribute video to Free and Easy, click the link below and I would love to hear any comments or suggestions you may have!

https://vimeo.com/user131393841/review/501245847/cd17ee235c

Sorry for the Break

Rehearsal is the key!

Hello, everyone!

As you have probably noticed, I have not been posting the usual “Sunday Funnies” or “Elizabeth’s Thoughts” lately. That is entirely due to a decision of mine to take a little break in preparation of the blog’s biggest event of the year: Silentology’s Buster Keaton Blogathon! So bear with me a little longer and soon all will be back to normal 😉

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