First Chicago run! Film Series : Spotlight: The Best of Buster

The Great Buster: A Celebration

2018, Peter Bogdanovich, USA, 101 min.


Show Times

  • Fri, Nov 23rd 4:15pm
  • Fri, Nov 23rd 7:45pm
  • Sat, Nov 24th 4:45pm
  • Sun, Nov 25th 3:45pm
  • Mon, Nov 26th 7:45pm
  • Wed, Nov 28th 7:45pm
  • Thu, Nov 29th 6:00pm

"Illuminating and astute...It's a celebration and also an invitation to some of the purest, strangest laughter the screen has to offer." - A.O. Scott, The New York Times

"Vastly entertaining…hats off and three cheers to Peter Bogdanovich for perceptively bringing the brilliance of one Hollywood's comic greats to fresh attention in this lovely and sharp-minded new documentary." - Todd McCarthy, Hollywood Reporter

Buster Keaton was the most modern and cinematically sophisticated of the great silent comedians; his films have scarcely dated at all. Director/critic Bogdanovich (WHAT'S UP, DOC; PAPER MOON), who knows a thing or two about film comedy and film history, pays tribute to Keaton's ageless genius in this loving, beautifully assembled documentary. Narrated by Bogdanovich himself, the film traces Keaton's life from his vaudeville-star childhood through his first films with Fatty Arbuckle, heyday as an independent producer, and disastrous move to the constrictive MGM studio. An impressive roster of talking heads - including Dick Van Dyke, Mel Brooks, Bill Hader, Johnny Knoxville (a kindred connoisseur of dangerous stunts), Quentin Tarantino (who recognizes Keaton's skill as an action director), and many more - contribute appreciative and often insightful commentary. Rather than leap-frogging to Keaton's triumphant late-life rediscovery, the film explores his three decades of decline and obscurity, studded with rare and little-known items that show his comic brilliance still flickering. Bogdanovich then ends the film on the highest of high notes: a dazzling thirty-minute crescendo of excerpts from Keaton's masterpieces of the 1920s. DCP digital. (MR)

Buy a ticket at our regular prices for THE GREAT BUSTER and get a ticket for any show of any or all of the "Best of Buster" features at this discount rate per film with proof of your original purchase: General Admission $7; Students $5; Members $4. (This discount price applies to the second, third, and/or fourth film only. Discount available in person at the box office only.)

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