Past Meetup

Buster Keaton's Two-reel Comedies, Program 4

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The brilliant Buster Keaton in four more classic shorts he starred in and directed. Program includes: My Wife’s Relations (1922; co-directed by Eddie Cline), in which Buster mistakenly marries a woman with four gorilla-like brothers; The Blacksmith (1922; co-directed by Malcolm St Clair), in which Buster plays a bumbling smithy; The Frozen North (1922, co-directed by Eddie Cline), in which Buster spoofs William S. Hart’s melodramatic westerns (Hart was not amused); and Daydreams (1922; do-directed by Eddie Cline), in which Buster tries to make it in the big city. (the photo is from the Frozen North)

All silent with music tracks. 35mm. Total approx. 84 min.

5:45PM MOVIE at the Cinematheque

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7:30PM Food and drink/discussion at Falafel Cafe --after the movie.

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All four of the shorts we"ll be seeing were produced in 1922. They were released in May, July, August and November of that year. The cinematography on all four of the shorts was handled by Elgin Lessley, who was a hand-crank cameraman who came to prominence in a period of filmmaking when virtually all special effects work had to be produced inside the camera during filming. Though Lessley worked earlier with Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle, and later with Harry Langdon, he is best known for the groundbreaking effects he produced with Buster Keaton, who dubbed him "the human metronome" for his ability to crank consistently at any requested speed.

The 4th Short "Daydreams" is somewhat significant as one of the credited writers was Fatty Arbuckle-post scandal. Also look for Keaton's father in the role as the Girl's father.

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