Film Series : Spotlight: The Best of Buster

Sherlock, Jr.

1924, Buster Keaton, USA, 46 min. With Buster Keaton, Kathryn McGuire


Show Times

  • 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)

The Playhouse

The Playhouse

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.

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