THE THROWDOWN : Buster Keaton vs. Charlie Chaplin

Wednesday is throwdown day at Keith & the Movies. It’s when we take two movie subjects and pit them against each other and see who’s left standing. Each Wednesday we’ll look at actors, actresses, movies, genres. scenes, and so much more and see how they stand up one-on-one. And it’s not just my opinion that counts. I’ll share my take and then open up the polls to you. Visit each week for a new throwdown. Vote each week to decide the true winner!

This week we throw two silent movie icons into the ring together to see who’s left standing. These two men aren’t just giants from the silent movie era, but they are two of the greatest comics in motion picture history. Hopefully you’ve seen some of the work of these two masters because now it’s time for your voice to be heard!

Buster Keaton vs. Charlie Chaplin

How can you love movies and not love Buster Keaton? This master of physical comedy had no problems taking the limitations of silent movies and creating huge laughs. Keaton is known for giving us some of the wildest comedic moments, many times putting his own life in danger. Part of Keaton’s humor was his classic deadpan expressions regardless of the situation he was in. But nothing could beat his amazing physical abilities displayed in such classics as “The General”, “Sherlock, Jr.”, “Steamboat Bill, Jr.”, “Our Hospitality”, and “The Navigator”. Keaton made several films after the silent era but for my money he will forever be linked to that great period of cinema.

Charlie Chaplin was involved in motion pictures for years. But he really made a name for himself during the silent movie era. In fact, many movie lovers automatically think of Chaplin whenever silent films are brought up. No one could sell the loveable loser character to an audience better than Chaplin. He will forever be remembered for his roles as The Tramp in such classics as “The Tramp”, “City Lights”, “The Gold Rush”, and “Modern Times”. Chaplin was a highly skilled filmmaker as evident by the fact that he wrote, produced, directed, and starred in many of his pictures. Silent movies still hold a special place in my heart and Charlie Chaplin was one of the reasons why.

So now it’s up to you. Both of these cinema greats have earned their statuses as groundbreaking filmmakers. Both have an assortment of great movies that have stood the test of time. Both men were brilliant comedians. So who will it be? Buster Keaton or Charlie Chaplin? Vote now and leave your comments below.

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4 thoughts on “THE THROWDOWN : Buster Keaton vs. Charlie Chaplin

  1. Although I’ve seen way more Chaplin movies than Keaton movies I voted for Keaton. The guy did some stunning things and even managed to make a train on a track something exciting to watch. Then there is the brilliance of Sherlock Jr. I still need to see more of his movies!

    • I agree with you. I love Chaplin but Keaton gets my vote. The funny thing is, neither are my favorite silent movie star. That honor goes to Harold Lloyd. But these two offered so much to movies and filmmaking. Thanks for voting!

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