I always thought I didn't like silent films but then I discovered Buster Keaton! A few months ago I went to see a double bill with live piano accompanying, and I couldn't help but be mesmerised.
Buster Keaton has been copied so many times in films right up to the present day, and you can see why. Plus he was rather beautiful.
The man seems to be made of rubber which you can see in the clip below. (though I have to say you need to see a whole film to really understand his charm.)
The story behind why he was so good at taking a tumble goes back to his childhood. His parents were performers and from the age of three Buster would pretend to be 'naughty' to annoy his dad until he was thrown around, sometimes into the audience and this is how he learnt to fall without injury.
The only thing I would say is you have to be careful with what music is playing, it can really make a difference. If you don't like it try another version. top tip!
Honestly you will be glad I told you. Give him a try!