Why is Buster Keaton so sad? He lives in a world of mishap. And why is it so funny to see him so sad. He is one of the most peculiar creations in the 20th century. Because he is an enigma. And because he addresses the real identity of humanity. Pathetic perhaps. But loveable. Not mean-spirited. But crafty. Almost sly. Later in his life he would talk. And he sounded hollow.
If there was a challenger to T. S. Eliot’s vision of the Hollow Men, it was Buster Keaton. And I think that Keaton’s is more honest. And more profound.