This Is How The End Of The Silent Movie Era Caused Buster Keaton To Suffer A Dramatic Breakdown

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It’s hard to imagine sitting back and watching a flick in a movie theater as anything other than the multicolored, high-definition experience it is today. Nevertheless, there was a time when just seeing actors on screen was a treat. Silent movie legend Buster Keaton made a name for himself in those days, too, although his star power would ultimately begin to wane with the advent of talking pictures. And, sadly, that fall from grace appeared to take quite a toll on Keaton’s mental health.

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There’s some debate over what damaged Keaton’s emotional well-being, but perhaps that’s a sign of the times. The subject of mental health wasn’t discussed in length in public when the actor was alive, after all. Thankfully, though, things have changed, and there is arguably now less of a stigma around mental health issues.

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In fact, the World Health Organisation even spearheaded a World Mental Health Day, which takes place annually on October 10. And it’s become increasingly clear that anyone can suffer from mental illness at any time – as many celebrities can testify. Such big names as Lady Gaga, Ryan Reynolds and Ellen DeGeneres have all opened up about their experiences with PTSD, anxiety and depression, for example.

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