San Francisco Silent Film Festival: The Navigator

Co-presented by Cinema Arts

Sunday, June 1, 2014 • 9:00 p.m.

Castro Theater, 429 Castro Street, San Francisco

$20 General/$18 Silent Film Festival Member

The Exploratorium is pleased to co-present the San Francisco Silent Film Festival's screening of Buster Keaton’s fourth feature film. In The Navigator, Buster Keaton plays a rich man who goes to great lengths to woo his ladylove (Kathryn McGuire), and in typical Keaton fashion, ends up adrift at sea. 

To film the shipboard scenes, Keaton chartered a 370-foot steamship capable of holding hundreds of passengers and crew, anchored it first at Catalina Island and later at Lake Tahoe. He then spent 10 weeks filming some of his most elaborate and famous stunts, including an underwater sequence. The results were worth it—The Navigator was one of his most successful films, and critics at the time praised it as his best. Keaton also counted it as one of his personal favorites. 

Accompanied by the Matti Bye Ensemble.