The most tragic figure of silent comedy, Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle saw his brilliant career as an actor dramatically halted in 1921 when he became the center of one of Hollywood's most notorious scandals. MOMA's retro covers the complete arc of his oeuvre—his engaging performances, but also his neglected work behind the camera as gag writer and director during his exile. He was the first true master of the pantomime developed by Mack Sennett at Keystone, the silent screen's foremost comedy mill. He weighed close to 300 pounds, but this jolly fat boy's physical dexterity was startling. He was the greatest pie thrower in the business—the only one able to hurl two pies in different directions at once. Unlike most of the Keystone gang, he never mugged or relied on exaggerated gestures. He took very good falls. Louise Brooks said of him: "He was a wonderful dancer. It was like floating in the arms of a... More >>>