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The Great Buster: A Celebration

  • 102 min
  • Buzz
  • English
  • USA
  • 2018
“The Great Stone Face” receives a loving documentary tribute to his body of work in the Silent Era. Brilliant as both an actor and a director, Buster Keaton’s contributions to film are unmatched.
About The Film

The Great Buster is Peter Bogdanovich’s documentary tribute to one of the greatest—Buster Keaton. The son of Vaudeville performers, Keaton showed himself to be an incredibly gifted physical comedian. At 21, he met actor Roscoe “Fatty” Arbuckle and began his career in film by making several silent comedy shorts. Keaton was given his own production unit and would begin the creative period that produced Our Hospitality, The General, Sherlock Jr., and Steamboat Bill Jr.

In 1928, Keaton would make the decision that he would later call the biggest mistake of his life—signing with MGM. Hamstrung by his lack of creative autonomy at MGM and facing the end of the silent era, Keaton fell into despair. But he never stopped working, and in 1959 won a Lifetime Achievement Academy Award for his body of work. He was incredibly moved by the honor because like many silent stars before him, he feared his early work had all been forgotten.

- Jenn Wilson, Senior Programmer

Q&A with cast and crew will immediately follow this screening, schedules permitting.

Winner of the Venice Best Documentary on Cinema

  • Peter Bogdanovich
  • Charles S. Cohen
  • Louise Stratten
  • Peter Bogdanovich
  • Roee Sharon Peled
Interviews With
  • Bob Borgen
  • Mel Brooks
  • James Curtis
  • Paul Dooley
  • Dick Van Dyke
  • Bill Hader
  • Werner Herzog
  • Bill Irwin
  • James Karen
  • Johnny Knoxville
  • Nick Kroll
  • Richard Lewis
  • Norman Lloyd
  • Leonard Maltin
  • Ben Mankiewicz
  • Carl Reiner
  • Cybill Shepherd
  • French Stewart
  • Quentin Tarantino
  • Patricia Eliot Tobias
  • Jon Watts
  • Peter Bogdanovich
US Distribution
  • Cohen Media Group
Production Company
  • Cohen Media Group
  • Bill Berg-Hillinger


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