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1923, Cohen Media, 63 min, USA, Dir: Edward F. Cline, Buster Keaton

Buster parodies D.W. Griffith’s INTOLERANCE with this trio of stories set in various time periods: the Stone Age, the Roman Empire and 1923. In all three epochs, Buster tries to win the same girl away from his rival, and the result is vintage Keaton hilarity, aided by co-star Wallace Beery.

1923, Cohen Media, 73 min, USA, Dir: John G. Blystone, Buster Keaton

The famous Hatfields & McCoys feud is the basis for this landmark film, one of Keaton’s earliest - and most successful - attempts to bring dramatic weight and visual complexity to his comedy without sacrificing the laughs. Building on a classic action-movie structure, Buster supplies some of his most dazzling pieces of hilarious spectacle, including a train riding up and down the hills of Pennsylvania with comic elegance.

1928, Warner Bros., 69 min, USA, Dir: Buster Keaton

Buster has a huge crush on Sally, an adorable office worker for MGM Newsreels. Buster gives up his tintyping job and gets himself a camera, with a new plan to catch the attention of both Sally and MGM. The novice cameraman is in the right place at the right time to capture on film a Tong war smack in the middle of Chinatown - and must narrowly escape plenty of disasters, Buster-style! In a clever meta-comment on impressing the studios, this delightful comedy was originally an MGM production.

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