Cinema: Great Stone Face

The greener the comedian, the more he breaks up at his own material. As he ripens, his laughter becomes muted, his smiles iron out. But outside of rigor mortis, he can never approach the rigidity of the Great Stone Face.

That face can be seen in a remarkable Buster Keaton retrospective soon to go on a U.S. tour. In it are 21 two-reelers and ten features, many unseen for decades. The show, produced by Film Curator Raymond Rohauer, began one afternoon in 1954, when Keaton, then 59, invited Rohauer to inspect his garage in...

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