Miller credits the influence of silent films not only on the “Mad Max” franchise, but on his entire filmmaking style since the beginning of his career. In an interview with Vulturehe explained:
“Truth [visual] language is defined in the silent cinema, which offers all the action and chase movies, the real Wests, and especially Harold Lloyd and Buster Keaton. So one of the things that drew me to Fury Road was being able to go back to that area and see what we can do now with all the tools we have. “
An interesting note here is that Miller explicitly refers to comedy stars, both of whom were once stars of the kind of “action and chase movies” the director refers to. Harold Lloyd is a stuntman as much as a physical comedian, and he often performs his own stunts. Even if the name sounds unfamiliar to modern audiences, the image of Lloyd dangling from a giant clock tower in “Safety Last!” was copied by Martin Scorsese and Robert Zemeckis. Likewise, Buster Keaton’s most famous film, “The General”, revolves around a train chase that inevitably affects the car chases of “Fury Road”, while New Yorkers The article astutely points out that Polecats jumping from car to car evokes Keaton hanging from a drain in “Three Ages”.
https://www.slashfilm.com/1038683/george-miller-took-a-page-from-the-buster-keaton-playbook-for-mad-max-fury-road/ George Miller took a page from the Buster Keaton Playbook for Mad Max: Fury Road