Keaton Biography Explores 'Tempest in a Flat Hat'

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Buster Keaton in a detail from cover of 'Tempest in a Flat Hat'

Edward McPherson's biography takes a fresh look at silent film star Buster Keaton. hide caption

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Jennifer Ludden talks to Edward McPherson about his new biography of silent film star Buster Keaton, known as the "Great Stone Face." McPherson says Keaton handcrafted every aspect of his movies in a way that would be unimaginable today.

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