In this video, Bradley Dixon argues that Jackie Chan belongs on the Mt. Rushmore of silent comedy, along with Harold Lloyd, Buster Keaton, and Charlie Chaplin. Like those three legends of the silent film era, Chan uses simple stories, stunts, visual humor, ordinary props, and practical effects to connect with his audience on a non-verbal level.
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The legendary martial artist/actor has been called the “Buster Keaton of martial arts” and the “lightning-fast Charlie Chaplin of martial arts moviemaking” for a reason.
(YouTube link) Surely you recognize Hollywood star Buster Keaton. He’s the one who always insisted on doing his own stunts, and they weren’t just pratfalls. He was the first true action star. Like Chaplin and Lloyd, Keaton routinely...
Check out some of the locations from "The Artist" that have played roles in silent films by Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton, Harold Lloyd and others.
For all their popularity, Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton weren’t figures with whom the average American could identify, in the sense of thinking, “That’s me up there!” Harold Lloyd was the silent comic who fulfilled that need. Th...