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Re: Buster Keaton

Postby movieman1957 » October 22nd, 2014, 11:02 am

The AFI Theater in MD they are running Buster Keaton pictures on Nov 8 and 22. The problem is that the 8th is also my niece's 16th birthday party. Hmmmm, which to go to? (I know, I can't win this one.)

On the 22nd I hope to be in Connecticut so I'll miss "The General" then. But if anyone else is in Silver Spring MD then go see them for me.
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Re: Buster Keaton

Postby movieman1957 » November 22nd, 2014, 10:32 am

I went to a showing of "The General" (mentioned above) with an enthusiastic crowd of about 175 people at the stylish AFI theater near Washington DC.

Supported by a chamber sized version of a local orchestra that performed a new score from a local composer a fine time was had by all. Some scenes garnered applause and all got laughs in the right places. The score was mostly in the spirit of silent scores but had a few new age components to it. There were times the timing was a bit off but mostly it was all well played.

The film is great fun with a fun performance by Buster and his leading lady. Buster shows off his athletic ability with gusto and grace. As with any classic film, if you get to see it on the big screen then do it.

This has been part of a series of silents that had live music. (Today people get "The Iron Horse" with a piano or orchestra.)

Almost didn't go but glad I did. It took 90 minutes (about twice as long as normal traffic would take) in some suburban DC rush hour traffic but it was worth it.
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Re: Buster Keaton

Postby Rita Hayworth » November 22nd, 2014, 1:49 pm

Chris - I would love to see it on the big screen and the atmosphere that you describe here. It would be a treat for the "ages" ... :)

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Re: Buster Keaton

Postby RedRiver » November 22nd, 2014, 3:50 pm

All things considered, this is Keaton's best work. I like OUR HOSPITALITY a lot. THE NAVIGATOR is a riot. But this train rolls right along, powered by one inventive sight gag after another.

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Re: Buster Keaton

Postby Lucky Vassall » November 22nd, 2014, 8:29 pm

Let's face it. The General is the ideal film to demonstrate to young people who won't even watch a film that isn't in color much less SILENT that we old folks know whereof we rant!
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