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Unformatted text preview: Jake Unger COMM 546: History of American Screenwriting Week 4 Research: “Free and Easy” 2/3/10 The screenplay of the 1930 film “Free and Easy,” or its American TV title, “Easy Go” ( http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0020902/ ), was written with MGM’s intentions to display Buster Keaton as a “stage winner” in talking pictures, by showing off his speaking, singing and dancing talents ( http://www.tcm.com/thismonth/article.jsp?cid=85210&mainArticleId=161351 ). However, the screenplay of “Free and Easy,” prompted Keaton to perform as an unsophisticated bumbling idiot while delivering his dialogue and in his physical comedy scenes. This type of character for Keaton was a far cry from his silent films where his “comedy was often focused on the clever way his character overcame problems that seemed to dwarf him” ( http://www.tcm.com/thismonth/article ). The film received generally poor reviews, and a film critic wrote, “Buster Keaton, trying to imitate a standard musical comedy clown, is no longer...
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