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SUNDAY, DECEMBER 5
$6 | 2:00 pm MATINEE | Triple Feature runs 1 hr 26
Live piano accompaniment by Marta Waterman
Sherlock Jr. (1924)
45 min | Action, Comedy, Romance
A landmark film, widely regarded as one of the greatest in the history of silent comedy, Though the film barely lasts 45 minutes, no other film is so full of what made Buster great than Sherlock Jr. Buster plays a projectionist at a local movie house and (like many of his characters) just can’t catch a break. Falsely accused of stealing a watch,he slinks back to the movie theater and dreams why life can’t be like the movies. At this point is the famous Projectionist Booth Scene which film critic David Kalat calls “not only the most celebrated moment in the film, but the most spectacular sequence in all silent cinema.” At its release, Sherlock Jr received lukewarm reviews, but, in time, it has been hailed as a masterpiece and its influence has been seen in films such as “The Projectionist and The Purple Rose of Cairo.
The Play House (1921)
23 min Short, Comedy, Fantasy
Buster plays a harried manager of a theater where he puts out fires literally and figuratively and is universally considered to be the one of the most innovative of silent films due to the first six minutes: all the actors: man, woman and child are played by Buster himself.
18 min. Short, Comedy, Family
One of Buster Keaton’s greatest and most famous comedies, ‘Cops’ is universally enjoyed for the inventive comedy and amazing chase sequences “Keaton’s brilliantly subversive two-reeler film boils with frantic anarchic hilarity.” Dan Jardine