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Buster Keaton wasn’t just a born star – he was a revolutionary film-maker

Bogart and Hepburn `greatest film stars'

THE ARCHETYPE of the dapper Englishman was named yesterday as the second most important film star of all time by the venerable American Film Institute, in a list of stars that is causing controversy across the United States.

Brian Viner's Icons of the 20th Century: No 2: Charlie Chaplin, Comic

THERE ARE those who say that Buster Keaton is the greatest screen comedian of all time. Others plump for WC Fields, some for Jacques Tati. A friend of mine rates Robin Askwith very highly. But nobody was ever more famous for making people laugh than Charlie Chaplin. And never was a comedian more versatile. WC Fields, not a man given to ladling praise, called him "the greatest ballet dancer who ever lived". Sarah Bernhardt described him as "the pantomimist sublime". For George Bernard Shaw, he was "the one genius created by the cinema". Keaton himself rated Chaplin "the greatest comedian in the world".

Obituary: Charles `Buddy' Rogers

CHARLES "BUDDY" ROGERS will be remembered primarily because he succeeded Douglas Fairbanks as husband to Mary Pickford. But he had an impressive career in his own right.

First Night: Passionate dance stings the senses

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Obituary: Eleanor Norris Keaton

WHEN ELEANOR Norris, in 1940 a contract dancer at MGM, married the great film comedian Buster Keaton, who was over twice her age, few predicted that the union would last, but it was to be a consistently happy marriage that was to survive Keaton's alcoholism and career vicissitudes and last until his death 26 years later.

Arts: What a fine mess they got us in

Stan and Ollie have become victims of their own slapstick cliches. Now, 70 years after their first film, a new generation of funny men is acknowledging the original genius of Laurel and Hardy. By James Rampton

Books: Not quite the full montage

EISENSTEIN: A Life in Conflict by Ronald Bergan Little, Brown pounds 22.50

Film: Free radical

Sergei Eisenstein's Battleship Potemkin so alarmed a British government worried about naval mutiny that the film was banned. Now, 100 years after the director's birth, we can appreciate Eisenstein's genius afresh, writes Richard Gott

Comedy - it's a serious business; CINEMA

As Jacques Tati's `Jour de Fete' is re-released, David Thomson recalls the movies that have made him laugh the most

Travel: Deep down it was scary

Days out: The Allan family visits the Black Country Museum. By Catherine Stebbings

Losers on sofas: a funny way to sell a snack

PETER YORK ON ADS: No 126: HULA HOOPS

Another fine mess?

John Sessions and Robbie Coltrane play Laurel and Hardy. By James Rampton

First encounters / When Charlie Chaplin met Jean Cocteau

Charlie Chaplin's first encounter with Jean Cocteau was memorable not so much for its improbability (it took place on a Japanese boat in the South China Sea) or its spirit (friendly enough) as for the marked disinclination the meeting inspired in either man for any second encounter.

first encounters: When Greta Garbo met John Barrymore

Illustration by Edward Sorel Text by Nancy Caldwell Sorel Next week: Lenin and Trotsky

Letter: Scene of triumph

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