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Chaplin vs. Keaton, the battle rages on.

Chaplin vs. Keaton, the battle rages on. (photo)

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In Bernardo Bertolucci’s “The Dreamers,” there’s a super-annoying scene in which our American hero (Michael Pitt) and his French friend (Louis Garrel) argue about the relative merits of Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton.

Like “Star Trek” or “Star Wars,” Hatfields or McCoys, Republicans or Democrats, this is an argument in which two partisans will never find a compromise point. But in commercial terms? The battle’s been over and won for years.

While the bulk of Keaton’s major silent-era work is respectably, completely (as far as I know) represented on DVD, the prints in circulation of his greatest work tend to be on the shoddy side. And those DVDs definitely aren’t as lavish as those of Chaplin’s films, which tend to be pristine and lavishly hagiographic; the Keaton DVDs are much more bare-bones. (The much-ballyhooed restored DVD set of five years ago is currently out of print, but Chaplin never dies: he’ll be back in some systematic DVD format or other soon enough.)

11262009_keatonmuseum.jpgAnd Chaplin wins again with the news that the Geneva home he spent the last 25 years of his life in is to be turned into a museum. Not just any museum: the wine cellars will be turned into “the Victorian-era London of Chaplin’s youth,” two buildings on the property will become Hollywood, and there will be “holographic narrators.” It won’t be a museum so much as a kind of theme-park consecrated entirely to one man. (As an afterthought, they’ll screen his movies as well.)

You know where the Buster Keaton museum is? It’s in Piqua, Kansas, where he was born. It’s one room, open eight a.m. to 1 p.m., Monday through Friday.

I’m a Keaton guy. This is annoying.

[Photos: “City Lights,” Warner Home Video, 1931; The Buster Keaton Museum]

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The Best Of The Last

Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

It’s not that being single sucks, it’s that you suck if you’re single.

Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

This one’s a “Serial” killer…everything both right and wrong about true crime podcasts.

Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

It’s only the end of the world if your doomsday kit doesn’t include rosé.

Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at

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Your Portlandia Personality Test

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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