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Big screen classics

Steamboat Bill, Jr.

Keaton’s brilliantly inventive comedy is full of amazing sets and stunts.

Image from Steamboat Bill, Jr.

USA 1928
Dirs Charles Reisner, Buster Keaton
With Buster Keaton, Ernest Torrence, Marion Byron
Digital 4K
Certificate U
With Carl Davis score

Keaton was famously a stickler for authenticity, and here his evocation of life in a lazy Southern riverside town – which he likewise famously destroyed in the film’s climactic cyclone sequence – is beautifully achieved through superb sets and costumes and by means of imaginative, sometimes memorably lyrical compositions. The protagonist’s relationship with his gruff father makes for a fascinating critique of traditional ideals of ‘masculinity’.

Also available on BFI Player.

The screening on Wed 15 Apr will be introduced by Geoff Andrew, Programmer-at-large.

See our Relaxed screening.


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