The Great Buster
Peter Bogdanovich’s doc delves into the genius of one of Hollywood’s timeless comic greats.
Anytime is the right time to celebrate Buster Keaton, so hats off and three cheers to Peter Bogdanovich for perceptively bringing the brilliance of one of Hollywood’s comic greats to fresh attention in this lovely and sharp-minded new documentary. No matter that Keaton’s best work is nearly a century old; it always had and still has a more modern edge to it than that of any of his contemporaries, and this swift and knowledgeable appreciation will well serve its fundamental aim of increasing the size of the Keaton fan club. After debuting at the Venice Film Festival, Bogdanovich’s vastly entertaining portrait will presumably serve as an anchor for Keaton seasons on screens large and small in many parts of the world.-Hollywood reporter