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A rumor has persisted, fueled by the intense rivalry among fans of the two comics, that Keaton gave such a superior performance that Chaplin jealously cut his scenes so he would not be upstaged by his rival. A close associate of Chaplin claimed that Chaplin not only did not feel threatened by Keaton's performance, but also heavily edited his own footage of the duet while enhancing Keaton's. According to Keaton's biographer Rudi Blesh, Chaplin eased his notoriously rigid directorial style to give Keaton free rein to invent his own comic business during this sequence.
Source: Keaton, Eleanor and Jeffrey Vance. Buster Keaton Remembered. New York: Harry N. Abrams, 2001, pg. 203 ISBN 0-8109-4227-5.
I'd always love and respect Chaplin for this more than his early comedies.
That's all any of us are: amateurs. We don't live long enough to be anything else.
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This movie ranks #12 in Music
This movie ranks #184 in The Story of Film: An Odyssey
This movie ranks #317 in Amos Vogel's Film as a Subversive Art
This movie ranks #333 in Jonathan Rosenbaum's Essential Films
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This movie ranks #558 in Sight and Sound 2012 - Combined List
This movie ranks #895 in The Criterion Collection