Nick and his twin Marta (also the narrator) are convinced their family history carries a curse — their people die from falling. Ever since a Victorian era Czech ancestor pushed a stonemason off of a scaffold, his progeny suffered the consequences.
Buster Keaton had a physicality that made him seem both invincible and constantly in danger. His nickname of “The Great Stone Face” was earned by his ability to display a lack of emotion despite the chaos swirling around his nonchalant characters.
Some of my favorite silent films — from Buster Keaton antics to stunning double exposure to experimental stop-motion and early wildlife documentaries. These are movies that have truly stayed with me over the years.