1924, Buster Keaton, USA, 46 min. With Buster Keaton, Kathryn McGuire
- Fri, Nov 23rd 2:45pm
- Sun, Nov 25th 5:45pm
"Groundbreaking and profound. And it's a laugh riot, too." - Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
One of the greatest tours de force in movie history, this pioneering "self-referential" film was a major influence on Chuck Jones's DUCK AMUCK and Woody Allen's THE PURPLE ROSE OF CAIRO. Buster stars as a movie-house projectionist and amateur detective who dreams himself into the movie screen in order to solve a crime that mirrors his own real-life travails with an unscrupulous romantic rival. The precision of Keaton's gags here (his first entry into the movie screen; his instantaneous transformation into female disguise) at times approaches the mind-boggling. Preceded by Keaton's short film THE PLAYHOUSE (see below). Silent films with prerecorded music scores. New 4K DCP digital restorations. (MR)
1921, Buster Keaton, USA, 24 min.
THE PLAYHOUSE features a spectacular opening in which an entire theater is populated by replicas of Buster Keaton. New 4K digital restoration.