Russian ballerina Anna Pavlova visited the set while Douglas Fairbanks was filming The Thief of Bagdad in 1924. When Fairbanks, a fan of dance, learned that Pavlova's famous routines had never been captured on film he arranged for her to be filmed performing some of them

When she toured Aus & NZ their was a dessert created in here honour.

One thing that makes Fairbanks such an interesting performer is that he combined classic action hero stuff (doing dangerous stunts, getting into sword fights) with a dancer's grace. With Thief of Bagdad in particular, critics have compared the way Fairbanks moves on screen to a sort of ballet routine. So it was only natural for him to admire the skill of someone like Pavlova, and to want to create a record of her art for posterity.

Wow what a beautiful thought. A man with "modern" tech sees a opportunity to capture a beautiful bit of art and does so. The foresight is awesome

My subconscious just earmarked this for a nightmare later.

One genre in early Swedish cinema were films showing the dangers of emigrating to America, like being drugged and robbed. The films were made to discourage Swedes from leaving

Shanghaiing was a real thing.

Now they just play our news clips of the election and the Swedes are discouraged from going to America.

Clip from the Sweden episode of Cinema Europe

And shootings, and sick people not being able to afford treatment

Not that subtle, but still an interesting way to visually represent the grip of poverty from Lois Weber's Shoes (1916)

Weber was probably inspired by which came out in 1914.

Maybe I'll learn more when I listen to the commentary track on my Blu-ray of Shoes, which I'm looking forward to.

They're meant to be sisters.

How many millions are just one paycheck away from catastrophe and think like this daily?

Ah yes, my night time routine.

Buster Keaton makes this look like a natural way to get into a car (The Boat 1921)

For those unfamiliar.

Reminds me of the way Cmdr Riker on Star Trek TNG would sit in chairs.



Damn he flexible

A Lone Charlie Chaplin in The Gold Rush (1925)

This might be one of my favorite shots in all of cinema. I just love everything about it -- the way the crowd slowly moves further into the frame, the sense of depth (the people talking on the second floor), the way Chaplin's framed within a frame, the way the hand rail leads directly towards Chaplin who's almost perfectly symmetrical, and his little slouch and hand tap once he realizes he's got nobody to dance with (perhaps a little too relatable), etc.

A lot of my favorite shots from silent movies usually have some kind of clever trick or stunt, but I love how just perfectly sad and still and somewhat subtle this shot is. It makes the Tramp someone more than the triumphant, shot-interrupting Tramp I knew from Kid Auto Races in Venice.

Chaplin actually died 40 years ago today, on Dec. 25, 1977.

Apparently he never really cared that much for Christmas (unlike Harold Lloyd), maybe because Christmas hadn't been a happy time for him during his impoverished childhood in England.

Notably in The Gold Rush, Chaplin skips right from Thanksgiving (eating the shoe) to New Year's Eve (the dance of the rolls) with no mention of Christmas.

Always good to have new submitters.

I like , as well, kind of in a similar vein. I think it's sort of a good example of the difference between Chaplin and Keaton, Keaton avoid overt attempts to make the audience feel sorry for his character.

Oh wow. That's kind of interestingly sad....Also kind of makes this shot more poignant.

I didn't intentionally mean to post this on Christmas. I just happened to find this sub today!

The 1920s version of the "call me" gesture, done by Charley Chase in Dog Shy (1926)

Does he say "phone me"?

This is fantastic. I love that the gesture has mutated over time. I wonder what the next one will be.

Reading his lips it looks like he says "Say, you have a phone?"

No need for one - you'll be able to instantly and telepathically notify them :p

Jokes aside, seeing this gesture during that time is so cool. It really would be interesting to know what the next iteration of it will be.

Or who knows, maybe it'll stay the same? People still use the same gesture for "crank the car window down" even though fewer cars even do it like that anymore

In celebration of Buster Keaton's birthday, here's a bunch of the most popular Keaton GIFs

In celebration of Buster Keaton's birthday, here's a bunch of the most popular Keaton GIFs
In celebration of Buster Keaton's birthday, here's a bunch of the most popular Keaton GIFs
this video of some of Buster's best stunts

I tried to cover as many classic Keaton GIFs as I could think of, and then made good quality versions of them. Generally these GIFs are all mostly under 15MB, so feel free to share them on Twitter or other subreddits or wherever else people post GIFs.

I've seen versions of some of these, like the window cleaning one, do very well online even when they're made from low quality source material. One of the reasons I made this subredit was to try to make a place where people could find good quality versions of whatever Buster Keaton GIF they might happen to be looking for.

This isn't a GIF, but I also put together .

I don't know how he managed to live long enough to die of lung cancer

.. is it just me or are these special effects better than the ones we see today? I'm serious, I wonder how they achieved some of these shots.

Not one of his stunts, but the facial expressions in this one crack me up, doesn't matter how many times I watch it!

Buster Keaton's film-making philosophy: "I always want the audience to out-guess me, and then I double-cross them."

From the Amazing One Week (1920), the first short Keaton released and probably the greatest silent comedy short anyone ever made.

Buster Keaton running from the police in Cops (1922)

good explanation of how it works

They used a technique called "undercranking" so the car wasn't going quite as fast as it looks.

Here's a .

Try one of these subthreads