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The High Sign by TigrisTheLynx The High Sign by TigrisTheLynx
I was on the phone watching the silent film "The High Sign", and happened to pause the movie at this moment, and when I went back to look at it, the expression and over-all emotion of it really struck me. So I tried to copy the screen image as closely as I could, but I think I failed to show the sadness mixed with relief that he was expressing.

Storyline: Buster is begged by a man's daughter to save her father from being killed, and then he is forced by his boss to join the Blinking Buzzard gang that is trying to kill the same man. When he is sent to the house, he finds out that the man had heard he was going to get attacked, so he installed trap doors and hidden exits all around the house. The gang hears Buster won't kill the man, and they go to the house to kill the man for him and to deal with Buster who decieved the gang. To save the man and himself, Buster pretends to shoot the man who then pretends to die, but when the illusion is ruined, they chase Buster around the house. One by one, Buster tricks the men to fall out of windows and fall into trap doors as he's being pursued. At this moment, he hugs the man's daughter and looks down into the hole giving the "Buzzard solute" after the last gang member falls through a trap door concealed in the floorboards.



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ALT0 Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I saw it and it has to be one of my favorite Buster Keaton films!
That sign is really cool! :D And the description of the blinking buzzards was really really funny!
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LauraAlenaBlue Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, the emotion here is very strong. His face and body language speak volumes! <3 Buster
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TigrisTheLynx Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks! :)

I love your Chaplin icon btw!
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LauraAlenaBlue Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks! It's a headshot from when I went to some fall festival or other. I like your icon too, it makes me nostalgic for when I used to devour Furrlough. =D
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TigrisTheLynx Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I don't believe they sell Furrlough on newstands, so that must mean you were once a fur? :) Sorry to ask you if you were not a fur, I've only ever seen that comic at Rabbit Valley stands at conventions.
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LauraAlenaBlue Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
They sold it at comicbook shops when I was a kid. My favourite was always 'Here Comes a Candle'. I used to read a lot more furry comics, but I don't even think I have seen the stuff I used to buy anymore. I live in nowheretown however. =( My mom even accidently bought me Shanda The Panda once when I was 12! Oh, mom! :lmao:
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TigrisTheLynx Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
you can buy them online now, here: [link]
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LauraAlenaBlue Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
super duper!
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weezil936 Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2005
I always end up watching Buster's movie twice in a row- the first time at normal speed, and the second on frame-by-frame. The beauty in his face and eyes, and the elegence of this stunts and movements are.. breathtaking.
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TigrisTheLynx Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2005  Hobbyist Digital Artist
yeh, he's quite a knockout in appearance and movement. :D I'd watch him frame-by-frame, but Quicktime doesn't like me anymore, and none of the other players have that option, but I do watch them almost every day. The original music in the silents doesn't seem to capture Busters energy like it should, so I have a bad habit of turning the player on "mute" and then playing techno/trance music instead, especially for the Keaton/Arbuckle films where Buster dances ("The Cook" and "Backstage" in particular). He's such a breakdancer LOL
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weezil936 Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2005
that's an interesting way to do it. I just watched The Balloonatic on the site you gave, and the music is TERRIBLE!! They just throw in random classical music! The original scores for his films seem to fit pretty well, but not the stuff they're putting on them. I also missed a lot of his facial subtleties in the movieflix, since it's all pixelated and small. On DVD, you can just sit and stare at a single frame and drool over him.
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TigrisTheLynx Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2005  Hobbyist Digital Artist
sounds wonderful :D Unfortunately, every recording I have online is small and fuzzy, and every tape I have is taped off TV and my VCR creates these bizarre diagonal lines over the whole screen that constantly move, so its nearly impossible to drool or even see his expression when he's far away. I go by body expression and sometimes when he shows a half-body shot I can see his face fairly well. I really need to invest in DVDs. I must admit that the arbuckle films show the best close-ups of him ever, it's like the screen is filled with his face there. In Bus's films, he likes to stick the camera someplace and film alot of full-body shots.
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weezil936 Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2005
I find DVDs with some arbuckle/keaton 2 reelers at Big Lots for $2 each! Then, of course, there's the wonderful eBay <3 I don't think i would have fallen so madly in love with Buster were it not for seeing his tiny little idiosincracies and minute facial twitches that convey just.. UGH! so much!! <3 <3
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TigrisTheLynx Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2005  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ok, i'm gonna have to visit big lots now. LOL Remember any titles?? I've got a pretty big collection of arbuckle/keaton stuff, but i'm still missing a few.
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weezil936 Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2005
They're on these "Classic Family Comedy" DVD things. They each have only one Buster short on them, along with other old movies. I've found The General, The Blacksmith, and The Paleface on them. The Dollar Store carries some $1 DVDs with really old Betty Boop cartoons, and I've found College in those bins, so you might look there too. <3
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TigrisTheLynx Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2005  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ooo! I've only found Red Skelton and Martin & Lewis at the dollar store! I'll have to see the new shipments. OH! I've also seen one of Lil Abner too, but I cant remember if that was the one with Buster. I'll have to check Imdb and then visit the store again.
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Rayfan Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2005   Writer
Heh, you even got his finger right.

This was a very striking shot in the original. I like your stylized version of it. :)
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TigrisTheLynx Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2005  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i was kinda worried about his finger at first, making sure it was right, but in truth it looks fairly normal and you cant tell one from the rest. *shrug*

Thanks for another comment :D
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luve Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2005
Gah. I don't watch enough silent movies...and when I do its usually only to 'look' at them, rather than pay attention to what's really going on. To date the only three I can really get into are Nosferatu, Metropolis, and Battleship Potemkin ^__^*
Ah but this makes me want to try a little harder. I love this..its not often you see meaningful hug images- and there are next to NONE done in a style such as this.
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TigrisTheLynx Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2005  Hobbyist Digital Artist
If you're interested, I have done an LJ entry on charlie chaplin vs. buster keaton (and who is right for you) at this [link] ..there's a list of film title reccommendations too, all of them are good for newbies to their comedy. I watch many of them at [link] under the free list (requires signing up, make sure it's a junk email you use, i cant remember if they send spam).

I'm glad you are a little inspired to watch silent films from this pic :D Makes me feel good. Thank you. *busting with buster keaton fandom joy*
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frase61 Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2005
reminds me of the art in the Lemony Snicket books, and thats a compliment
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