In this film Keaton rides across Canada on a railway scooter and, between times, rests in a specially appointed passenger coach where he and Mrs. Keaton lived during their Canadian film assignment. This film is about how Buster Keaton made a Canadian travel film, The Railrodder. In this informal study the comedian regales the film crew with anecdotes of a lifetime in show business. Excerpts from his silent slapstick films are shown.
Ages 15 to 17
Study Guide - Guide 1
Arts Education - Visual Arts
Students will study how technological change influences art, especially film. Students will choose an innovation and learn how it changed the art form. Students will also investigate the concept of fame, the "cult of celebrity", and will question and explore our obsession with the private lives of stars. Students can also explore the "cult of youth" among celebrities, and the effects of the prevalence of cosmetic surgery among stars today.