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Cambridge, England, UK: OUR HOSPITALITY (1923)

Posted: Sat Sep 12, 2009 7:09 pm
by Bruce Calvert ... spitality/

Our Hospitality

Queens Theatre Emmanuel College

Monday 21 September, 7:00PM

Director: John G Blystone, Buster Keaton. Starring: Buster Keaton, Ralph Bushman.
USA, 1923. 73 mins. .
Buster Keaton's first feature-length comedy is also one of his finest. Young man Willie McKay (Keaton) is heading to Kentucky to claim his inheritance – but his life in the city, well away from his kinfolk, has left him blissfully unaware of a bitter, longstanding feud between the McKays and neighbouring family, the Canfields. On the train south he meets and falls in love with a beautiful woman, only to find himself a guest of her family – the Canfields. Full of Keaton's trademark slapstick and deadpan humour – plus a little social satire – this silent classic features two legendary Keaton sequences: the fragile railway tracks of the new steam age, and the stunning scene in which he saves his true love as she cascades over the rapids (a stunt which Keaton himself performed).

➜ A rare treat for silent film fans, this special screening features live piano accompaniment from Festival regular Neil Brand, acclaimed writer, performer and composer, described by Radio 4's Today Programme as the "doyen of silent film accompanists".