Think Slow, Act Fast: Buster Keaton Shorts
Saturday, February 16, 2013 | noon
Musical Accompaniment: Donald Sosin on grand piano
USA, 1920-1921 • Directors Buster Keaton, Edward F. Cline
“Think slow, act fast” is a quote attributed to Buster Keaton, and even if apocryphal perfectly exemplifies his movies. Keaton is a true comic genius and a great filmmaker. Because his stone-faced, flat-hatted character is so riveting, his physicality so athletically graceful, it’s impossible to take your eyes off of him. But repeated viewing of any Keaton will reveal the thoughtful filmmaking, the elegant structure and beautifully expressive camera, and deepen your amazement at the gravity-defying stunts. Our program features three early Keaton shorts, made shortly after Keaton left Fatty Arbuckle to work on his own—three of the funniest, most innovative comedies ever put on film!
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A San Francisco Silent Film Festival program, co-presented by Exploratorium Cinema Arts