Contemporary cinephiles should be all too familiar with the use of symmetry in the works of auteurs such as Stanley Kubrick and Wes Anderson. Symmetry put to such precise use, and so often, would be hard not to notice even as a casual viewer at some point. But before both auteurs were associated with a centered, exacting aesthetic, Buster Keaton applied a looser construct of symmetry to his brand of physical comedy.
At the bottom of this post is a video from Vince di Meglio looking at how the central framing of nearly 30 of Keaton’s films allows for head-to-toe humor in relation to both objects and space.
Oh, and by the way … HAPPY B-DAY MISTER KEATON!