Originally Posted by MerryCarey
Some years ago I liked them both equally. I have a lot of respect for them both, but in the end, I enjoy Buster Keaton more. Chaplin seems to be too full of himself, too self-consciously arty at times ("Look at me, I'm a genius!"). Keaton, on the other hand, has been known to sternly tell someone who applied the word "genius" to him to NEVER refer to him by "that word" again.
I also have an affinity for Keaton because his films were a sort of inspiration to me when I went through chemotherapy (twice) in the 1980s. "The General" became a metaphor to me---he just wouldn't quit until he achieved his objective, however absurd it may have seemed at times for him to persist in his quest to get his stolen locomotive back. I also met and greatly respected Eleanor Keaton.
Very cool story about Keaton's work being a metaphor for you! I've never gone through something as hard as cancer, but there are times in my life when I relate to certain films and they inspire me. Glad I'm not the only one!
I agree with your assessment of Chaplin and you put into words what I was trying to find a way to sum up! I like my comedy less artsy and self-important and more straight up played for laughs. This is one reason I enjoy Lloyd, and even L&H. There's no agenda or message...just fun.