San Francisco Silent Film Festival Program Co-Presented by Exploratorium Cinema Arts
The San Francisco Silent Film Festival and Exploratorium’s Cinema Arts program co-present “Think Slow, Act Fast: Buster Keaton Shorts” at the Castro Theater beginning at 12:00 noon on Saturday, February 16, 2013. The program features three shorts that highlight Keaton’s comic genius and incredible filmmaking skills, with live musical accompaniment by Donald Sosin on grand piano.
Keaton’s stone-faced, flat-hatted character is so riveting, and his physicality so athletically graceful, it’s impossible to take your eyes off of him. But repeated viewing of any Keaton will reveal the thoughtful filmmaking, the elegant structure and beautifully expressive camera, and deepen your amazement at the gravity-defying stunts.
The program features three early Keaton shorts, made shortly after Keaton left Fatty Arbuckle to work on his own, which are arguably three of the funniest, most innovative comedies ever put on film. The films are One Week (1920, 24 m., w/ Buster Keaton, Sybil Seely, Joe Roberts) The Scarecrow (1920, 18 m., w/ Buster Keaton, Joe Roberts, Sybil Seely, Luke the Dog) and The Play House (1921, 23 m., w/ Buster Keaton, Virginia Fox).
Complete running time of the program is approximately 70 minutes.
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