The MBC Great Directors Series
Retrospective & Exhibition
The Free and Easy, Electric,
Frozen, Paleface, Saphead, Baloonatic:
in THE PLAYHOUSE
Directed by BUSTER KEATON & EDWARD F. CLINE/1921/23mins.
With Buster Keaton, Buster Keaton, Buster Keaton, and Buster Keaton
Showing off Buster Keaton’s legendary inventiveness, The Playhouse, one of his earliest directed shorts, is famous for an awe-inspiring dream sequence where he plays all the characters, the stage performers, the audience, and everyone in between. As a pioneer cinema experimentalist, he dreamed up screen tricks better than anyone at the time, and was copied endlessly, but with lesser success.
and SHERLOCK JR.
Directed by BUSTER KEATON/1924/45mins.
With Buster Keaton, Kathryn McGuire, Joe Keaton, Ward Crane
Sherlock Jr. is one of Buster Keaton’s most ingenious films that incorporates not only his complex physical style of self-performed stunts (with one in which he gets injured for life), but his sophisticated sense of trickery and highly imaginative use of the cinema medium. It is also non-stop funny. Buster is a movie theatre projectionist studying to be a detective. He is vying for the attention of a beautiful girl (Katheryn McGuire), but has competition in the form of “the local sheik” (Ward Crane), a rival who manages to trick the girl into believing Buster is a thief. Buster dreams of solving the crime, and creates one of cinema history’s most famous dream sequences…
Recipient of the National Film Preservation Board Film Registry 1991
"The impeccable comedian directs himself in an impeccable silent comedy...Is this, as some critics have argued, an example of primitive American surrealism? Sure. But let's not get fancy about it. It is more significantly, a great example of American minimalism simple objects and movement manipulated in casually complex ways to generate a steadily rising gale of laughter."-Time Magazine
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