(1928) Directed by Charles Reisner and Buster Keaton. Buster Keaton, Ernest Torrence, Marion Byron. (70 min.) DCP restoration. Silent film with live music by David Drazin.
This very special screening will be a celebration of Laura Boyes’ 20 years as Film Curator for the NCMA.
There will be a reception in the auditorium lobby after the screening.
Rough-and-tumble Steamboat Bill is mightily disappointed in Jr., his namby-pamby son and heir returning home from college with a ukulele, pencil line moustache, and beret. Luckily, appearances can be deceiving; Jr. is forced to tussle with the schemes of a rival riverboat captain and a furious storm. Referencing gags from vaudeville and beautifully filmed by the Sacramento River, this film is comic perfection, 100% on Rotten Tomatoes.
Introduced by Laura Boyes.
“Steamboat Bill Jr. displays more inspired energy and inventiveness than pretty much everything else currently in cinemas combined” (London Times).
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