Aero Theatre
1328 Montana Avenue,
Santa Monica, CA 90403 Map
Fri, Apr 22, 2011
7:30pm

FALL DOWN LAUGHING: THE HILARIOUS, RISKY CINEMA OF BUSTER KEATON
Triple Feature! Live Musical Accompaniment!
SHERLOCK JR. / SEVEN CHANCES / "One Week"

Feature films SHERLOCK JR. and SEVEN CHANCES from silent comedy star Buster Keaton will show, followed by a short film: "One Week" (1920, 19 min.) Buster and his new bride Sybil receive a portable house (Easy to assemble! Construction takes only one week!) as a wedding gift. Things get complicated when Buster's rival - who's vying for Sybil's affections - swaps the numbers on the crates containing the house parts. This hilarious short is sure to have the kids rolling in the aisles!

SHERLOCK JR.
1924, Cohen Media, 45 min, USA, Dir: Buster Keaton

Buster Keaton’s sublime comedy about reality and illusion, in which projectionist Buster literally dreams himself into the detective movie he’s screening! In this film filled with technical feats, including the illusion of Keaton "climbing" into a movie screen, he reportedly broke his neck during filming while performing a dangerous stunt on a ladder hanging over a giant water basin. "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


SEVEN CHANCES
1925, Cohen Media, 56 min, USA, Dir: Buster Keaton

Keaton plays James "Jimmie" Shannon, a man confronted with a proposition both very lucky and very unlucky: He can inherit a massive fortune if he marries. The catch? The marriage must occur by 7:00 PM that day.


Screening formats: 35mm
Aero Theatre • Fri, Apr 22, 2011 • 7:30pm

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