Buster Keaton Double Screening "Sherlock Jr." and "The Cook"
SAT APR 27, 2013 7:00PM
601 Pico Blvd
Santa Monica, CA, 90405
Enjoy a hilarious Buster Keaton double bill with live pipe organ in 1930s WPA deco Barnum Hall.
Robert Israel, internationally acclaimed silent cinema organist and composer, will accompany the films on the historic Barnum Hall theater pipe organ. Film historian and Buster Keaton expert Patricia Eliot Tobias will share behind the scenes stories from the making of the films.
SHERLOCK Jr., 1924
One of the funniest movies of all time, Buster Keaton's comic masterpiece SHERLOCK JR. is packed with Keaton's relentlessly inventive sight gags and
impossible physical feats. Filmed without cuts or camera tricks, Keaton performed all of the stunts himself and broke his neck during shooting, but didn't realize it until years later. As a daydreaming projectionist, Keaton dreams himself into a mystery movie. Keaton did pioneer the use of seamless visual effects in this famously elaborate dream sequence which is as surreal as it is hysterical. SHERLOCK JR. is acknowledged as a comedy milestone included in both the list of Time Magazine All-Time Movies, and the AFI Top 100 Comedies.
THE COOK, 1918
Made at the height of Buster Keaton's collaboration with Roscoe Arbuckle, THE COOK takes place at a posh seaside resort and features Arbuckle's signature food gags and a parody of Theda Bara's 1917 'Salome', this time with kitchen equipment instead of silk veils. Keaton and Arbuckle deliver seemingly impossible juggling and acrobatics, but the real star of this piece may be the unstoppable and ingenious Luke the Dog in the most strenuous roof-top chase on film.
THE COOK was thought lost for eighty years before Patricia Eliot Tobias reconstructed this cut from a damaged nitrate print found in the Norwegian Film Archive and fragments recovered in the Netherlands.
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