Picks and Pans Review: Buster Keaton: a Hard Act to Follow

updated 11/23/1987 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 11/23/1987 AT 01:00 AM EST

PBS (Wed., Nov. 18, 9 p.m. ET)


I never liked silent movies; they remind me too much of mime. But this British-made American Masters tribute to Buster Keaton just about changes my mind. The show starts slow, but stick with it and you'll be rewarded with remarkable scenes that reveal Keaton's talents as a filmmaker, stuntman and comedian. It's almost enough to make me want to rip the speaker out of my TV.

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