Buster Keaton Restored: Sherlock Jr. and Seven Chances
In celebration of Peter Bogdanovich’s new documentary portrait of Buster Keaton, The Great Buster, we’re presenting this special screening of newly restored versions of two of Keaton’s greatest comedies, with live piano accompaniment performed by David Drazin.
The dazzlingly surreal Sherlock Jr. (1924) features Buster as a mild-mannered but lovestruck movie projectionist, whose dreams of becoming a famous detective propel him – hilariously – into the movie that he’s projecting. In Keaton’s brilliant 1925 feature Seven Chances, Buster is informed that his late grandfather’s will has left him seven million dollars – but only if he marries by 7 p.m. on his 27th birthday, which happens to be today.
New 4K restorations made possible by the Library of Congress, Cinémathèque Française, Cineteca di Bologna, the Harvard Film Archive and the Cohen Film Collection. (103 min. total)
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