Aero Theatre
1328 Montana Avenue,
Santa Monica, CA 90403 Map
Sun, Dec 2, 2018
7:30pm

THE GREAT BUSTER
THE GREAT BUSTER

Due to Friday night's tech difficulty we will show the restored SHERLOCK JR. (re-scheduled from 11/30) at tonight's 7:30 PM show along with THE GREAT BUSTER. SHERLOCK JR. screens last.

THE GREAT BUSTER
2018, Cohen Media, 102 min, USA, Dir: Peter Bogdanovich

Acclaimed director Peter Bogdanovich is also a cinema historian who has authored landmark studies of John Ford and Orson Welles, and here he turns his eye to the life and career of Buster Keaton. From Keaton’s beginnings on the vaudeville circuit to the development of his trademark deadpan expression to his career-high years as the director, writer, producer and star of his own shorts and features, this documentary charts the rise of one of America’s most influential and celebrated filmmakers and comedians. Filled with stunningly restored archival Keaton footage and interviews with nearly two dozen collaborators, filmmakers, performers and friends (including Mel Brooks, Quentin Tarantino, Werner Herzog, Dick Van Dyke and Johnny Knoxville), this is the definitive portrait of a true visionary of the silent era.


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


Screening format: DCP
Aero Theatre • Sun, Dec 2, 2018 • 7:30pm

Films in this Series at the Aero

Fri, Nov 30, 2018 - 7:30pm
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Sat, Dec 1, 2018 - 7:30pm
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Sun, Dec 2, 2018 - 4:00pm
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