Buster Keaton

Photofest Steamboat Bill, Jr.


2017-03-25 12:00:00
12:00 p.m. March 25
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No.7 Ludlow St.
New York, NY  10002
Nothing was ever so large — boulders, errant houses, locomotives, the space-time continuum — that, in its largeness, ;it could stymie Buster Keaton's gift for handling it as if it were small. He would only accept a housewide chase, for example, if it could resemble the balletic tumble of a clothes dryer. Thus did he render a private universe in a state of permanent, comic inversion. You can exult in Keaton's deadpan sorcery with a quartet of features at Metrograph: The spry, undervalued College (1927) infuses sport with lovestruck valor; The General (1926), the runic symbol signifying Keaton's immortal imprint upon human culture, is also worth a gander. Straddling all, Steamboat Bill, Jr. (1928), the last masterpiece of his independent career, is a hymn to the heroic meek: His effete protagonist gains stature in the eyes of both his pa and his sweetheart, through tenacity, nobility, and control.
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