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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


A NIGHT AT THE OPERA
1935, Warner Bros., 96 min, Dir: Sam Wood

The Marx Brothers' first film for MGM – also their first without Zeppo and their biggest box office hit – finds them in the mix with a couple of beleaguered opera-singer pals who are having career trouble. Enjoy the stateroom scene, the contract routine and tons of great one-liners. And remember: "There ain't no sanity clause!" Numerous writers (many uncredited) include George S. Kaufman and even Buster Keaton. With Kitty Carlisle, Allan Jones, Sig
Ruman and Margaret Dumont.


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