U.S., 1928, 71 min, Dir. Buster Keaton, Courtesy of archive.org


Steamboat Bill, Jr.

“The ensuing farce involves miraculous physical comedy and stuntwork. Keaton makes it look easy. The final storm sequence is a breathtaking apocalypse.” – Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian

“If your faith in humanity needs a little pick-me-up, there’s no better place to start.” – Tom Huddleston, Time Out

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Mississippi riverboat captain Ernest Torrence contends with rival Tom McGuire, whose daughter Marion Byron is sweet on the former’s scarcely ship-shape son, Keaton, who has to step up once a cyclone descends. Keaton refines themes including generational pride, and also finesses escalating jeopardy, including the iconic ne plus ultra of his still-astonishing collapsing-structure tableaux, achieved within a mere three-inch margin of error.


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