The Buster Keaton Follies

  • Buster Keaton speaking on the phone in the hallway and defying gravity
  • Three identical men sitting on a white bench and each either covering their ears or eyes or mouth with hands
  • Buster Keaton impersonating Venus de Milo in a white toga

Most theaters and museums when assembling a tribute to the artistry and comedy of Buster Keaton, focus on the work he did in the silent area, usually between the period of 1920 through 1929. However, Keaton had a lengthy and active film career that spanned 48 years. So active was Keaton that he worked nearly up until the very end of his life and that the last two films he appeared in were released after his death in February 1966.

While The Roxie’s program does pay tribute to some of his greatest comedies of the ’20s, we’re also spotlighting select films he made in the 1930s and beyond, including examples of some of the TV commercials he appeared in during the 1950s as well as a very funny television appearance he made in the ’60s.

This is a show for both experienced and newcomers to Buster Keaton which offers a larger scope of work done by “The Great Stone Face.”

Films include: One Week, Cops, Neighbors, Grand-Slam Opera, a selection of TV commercial he appeared in in the 1950s, one of his television appearances from the ’60s …and MORE!

There is a very brief instance of racial stereotyping in the film NEIGHBORS that was regrettably common at the time the film was made. Such stereotypes were wrong then and they’re wrong now. In the interest of acknowledging this painful history the film is being presented as it was upon its original release in 1920.

1h 40m
United States
  • Assisted Listening