Chaplin, Keaton, Lloyd: Comedy Classics of the Silent Era
Sherlock Jr. & Cops
Live musical accompaniment by Michael Mortilla (2014/2015 Films)
Pre-screening talk about Flying A Studios (Santa Barbara’s early silent film studio) by UCSB film professor Dana DriskelIn this ingenious, oft-imitated classic (see Woody Allen’s The Purple Rose of Cairo), Buster Keaton plays a lovelorn film projectionist who falls asleep and dreams he’s jumped into the movie screen, interacting with the actors and turning into the ace detective of his wildest cinema fantasies. Filled with staggering stunts, fantastic comedy and mind-boggling cinematic tricks, it’s also a mesmerizing exploration of the nature of film as a medium. Shown with Cops, in which Keaton plays a young man who manages to get chased by the entire crew of the Los Angeles Police Department. (Sherlock Jr.: Buster Keaton, 1924, 45 min.; Cops: Edward F. Cline and Buster Keaton, 1922, 22 min.)All films are FREE and screened in digital format. Films presented by UCSB Arts & Lectures, Santa Barbara County Arts Commission, Santa Barbara County Park Foundation, and the Community Services Department of Santa Barbara County. With support from the UCSB Summer Cultural and Enrichment Program and the Freshman Summer Start Program.Related events:DIY Silent Film ContestCreate an original short film for a chance to win prizes and glory. Free to enter and open to the public. Costume ContestFri., July 25 before the film screening. Come as yourfavorite silent film star or in 1920s-inspired clothes!
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