Our Hospitality

Monday, May 6
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1hr 15mins // directed by:John G. Blystone, Buster Keaton // featuring:Buster Keaton

Like his 1926 film The General, Buster Keaton's 1923 historical comedy, Our Hospitality, broadened the boundaries of slapstick and proved that Keaton was not just a comedian, he was an artist.

Keaton stars as youthful dreamer Willie McKay, who travels westward on a rickety locomotive to claim his birthright, only to find that his inheritance is a shack. And he learns that the object of his affection (Keaton’s real-life wife, Natalie Talmadge) is the daughter of a man with whom his family has been engaged in a long, violent feud. McKay’s personal struggles are punctuated by brilliant slapstick setpieces that involve an exploding dam, raging waterfalls, and a primitive steam engine. Keaton supervised the