Silent Comedy: Steamboat Bill, Jr (1928) with live music!

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Silent Comedy: Steamboat Bill, Jr (1928) with live music

Sun 8 Oct | 2pm | 2hr

We The Curious and Slapstick Festival present ‘Steamboat Bill, Jr’ (1928) – one of Buster Keaton’s finest and funniest comedies with live piano accompaniment by Daan van den Hurk, who will be play on one of Luke Jerram’s ‘Play Me, I’m Yours’ – Bristol Street Pianos.

Plot: Family entertainment at it’s best, Steamboat Bill,Jr is the hysterical story of a man coming to love and respect his son. Bill Sr (Ernest Torrence) is the captain of a tatty old pleasure boat who hasn’t seen his son since he was a baby. He’s hoping for a strapping, macho lad to help out with the family business but Bill Jr (Keaton) turns out to be a delicate aesthete with a passion for berets and music. Even worse, he’s in love with Kitty who is the daughter of his arch enemy, a rival boat owner.

The final storm sequence is still as breathtaking today as it was on first release Featuring some of Buster’s finest and most dangerous stunts, it’s a health and safety nightmare maybe but it’s entertainment that will live forever.

Seating: Limited deckchair seating is provided on a first come first served basis. BYO blankets, chairs or cushions (and wrap up warm!)

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As Slapstick Festival prepares their 14th edition for January 2018 this special screening kicks off a seven event season celebrating the centenary of Buster Keaton’s first onscreen appearance and looks at the life and work of the great comic genius.

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