Buster Keaton Week
This week marks a personal milestone in my career as a silent film pianist. Until this week, I haven’t played for any of Buster Keaton films – but this week finally I will play for it, and not only one but two -
SHERLOCK, JR. on October 4, and STEAMBOAT BILL, JR. on October 6. I am very excited about it – and the fact that October 4 happens to be Buster’s Birthday is really “the cherry on top of the cake”. :)
Friday October 4th at 6:30PM in Astoria
What: SHERLOCK, JR.
Dir. Buster Keaton. 1924, 44 mins. 35mm. With Buster Keaton, Kathryn McGuire, Joe Keaton. Sherlock, Jr. is a comic masterpiece about a movie projectionist who wants to be a detective, and dreams himself into a movie.
(The film will be preceded by a tribute to Richard Aidala, the Museum’s late chief projectionist, who died this August. This event is presented in conjunction with the opening of The Booth, a photography exhibition by Joseph O. Holmes.)
Where: Museum of the Moving Image (Astoria, Queens)
36-01 35 Avenue, Astoria, NY 11106
Nearest Subway: Steinway Street on M/R; 36th Ave on N/Q
Admission: $12 ($9 for senior citizens and students / free for Museum members) and includes admission to the Museum’s galleries, which are open until 8:00 p.m.
Sunday October 6th at 1PM in Brooklyn
(The library won’t open until 1PM on Sundays, and the screening will most likely start closer to 1:30PM)
What: STEAMBOAT BILL, JR.
Dir. Buster Keaton. 1928, 70 mins. In this slapstick comedy with heart, Buster Keaton plays Willie Canfield, who, separated from his father since childbirth, returns to seek love and approval from his stormy dad, and also to survive a real hurricane, which provides Keaton with his greatest film climax and most death-defying stunt. Live piano accompaniment by Makia Matsumura. Hosted & Curated by Ken Gordon.
Where: Brooklyn Public Library – Dweck Center at Central Library
10 Grand Army Plaza, Brooklyn, NY 11238
Nearest Subway: Eastern Parkway or Grand Army Plaza on 2/3, or Q to 7th Avenue (check tripplanner.mta.info for the notorious weekend subway diversions!)