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Free – BUSTER KEATON Double Feature: One Week & Sherlock Jr.
Sat Sep10 @ 2 PM – FREE
Great comedies for audiences of all ages!
We invite you and your family to join us for this special event and a fun way to kick off this season’s Classic Film Club. We hope you will join us for a free screening of two Buster Keaton classics, ONE WEEK and SHERLOCK, JR. And we are pleased to share that film historian Jeannie MacDonald will be joining us for this special event to share a pre-screening introduction about Keaton and his films as well as a post-screen talkback.
ONE WEEK (1920)
Newlyweds are unaware that their prefab house kit is misnumbered.
Running Time: 25 minutes
SHERLOCK JR. (1924)
A kindly movie projectionist (Buster Keaton) longs to be a detective. When his fiancée (Kathryn McGuire) is robbed by a local thief (Ward Crane), the poor projectionist is framed for the crime. Using his amateur detective skills, the projectionist follows the thief to the train station — only to find himself locked in a train car. Disheartened, he returns to his movie theater, where he falls asleep and dreams that he is the great Sherlock Holmes.
Running Time: 48 minutes
Buster Keaton, born Joseph Frank Keaton, was known for his porkpie hat, slapshoes, and deadpan expression. His films contain elaborate gadgets of his own devising, and he used the camera to help comedy in an innovative way for the early 20th century (e.g. to create the effect of a rocking boat in the beginning of The Boat (1921). He had a small and slight frame and portrayed sympathetic characters who could never quite catch a break. He did all his own stunts and had and incredible ability to remain stoic even as disasters happened around him.
At the height of his popularity, he was making two features a year. The most renowned of Keaton’s comedies is Sherlock Jr. (1924), which used cutting edge special effects that received mixed reviews as critics and audiences alike had never seen anything like it and did not know what to make of it.
Keaton’s legacy is being discovered by new generations of viewers every day as many of his films are available on YouTube, DVD and Blu-ray, where he, like all gold-gilded and beloved entertainers can live forever.
Jeannie MacDonald returns to the Lincoln Theater to host Season 5 of our Classic Film Club series on Pre-Code Hollywood. A film historian and lifelong movie fan, Jeannie began her career as a producer at two Boston TV stations. After moving to Los Angeles, Jeannie wrote marketing copy for Paramount Television on the studio’s iconic Hollywood lot. As a freelancer, she has written movie copy for Warner Bros. and humor pieces for The Washington Post and Los Angeles Times. Jeannie hosts classic films around New England, and blogs for the Music Hall in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, where she lives with her husband John.
Presented in partnership with Drum & Drum Real Estate
This is a free event – open to the community.
No tickets, reservations, or Film Club Membership are required to attend.