Film Series : Spotlight: The Best of Buster

Steamboat Bill, Jr.

1928, Charles F. Riesner, USA, 71 min. With Buster Keaton, Ernest Torrence

Show Times

  • Fri, Nov 23rd 6:15pm
  • Mon, Nov 26th 6:15pm

"Insanely inventive…If your faith in humanity needs a little pick-me-up, there's no better place to start." - Tom Huddleston, Time Out London

STEAMBOAT BILL, JR. was Keaton's last film under his own independent production banner, and it is one of his best. Buster returns from college citified and sissified, much to the disgust of his gruff steamboat-captain father (Torrence). To make matters worse, he falls in love with the daughter of dad's archrival. The hat-selecting scene and the umbrella-in-the-downpour scene are two of Keaton's best, but they are both topped by the cyclone climax - spectacular, surreal, and hair-raisingly dangerous. Silent film with prerecorded music score. New 4K DCP digital restoration. (MR)

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