DIRECTOR: Edward Sedgwick, Buster Keaton
YEAR / DURATION: 1928. • 78’
GENRE: comedy, drama
The film will be screened with live piano accompaniment by Mitja Reichenberg.
- SCREENPLAY: Clyde Bruckman, Lew Lipton, Joseph Farnham, Al Boasberg, Byron Morgan
- CINEMATOGRAPHY: Reggie Lanning, Elgin Lessley
- EDITOR: Hugh Wynn, Basil Wrangell
- CAST: Buster Keaton, Marceline Day, Harold Goodwin, Sidney Bracey, Harry Gribbon
- PRODUCER: Buster Keaton, Lawrence Weingarten
- COMPANY: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM)
Buster is a confused photographer who has a crush on Sally, a girl who works for MGM. To be near her, he decides to become a cameraman. He faces many obstacles, not only in impressing Sally, but in gaining the trust of his new boss, as well as in defeating his rival Stagg, who is also interested in Sally.
About the director
Edward Sedgwick (Galveston, 1889 – North Hollywood, 1953), American director, screenwriter, actor and producer. A vaudeville star as a child, he signed a contract with MGM in 1920, where he quickly started working with Buster Keaton. He directed most of Keaton’s films for MGM: Spite Marriage, Free and Easy, Doughboys, Parlor, Bedroom and Bath, Speak Easily, What! No Beer?, as well as The Cameraman.
Buster Keaton (Piqua, 1895 – Woodland Hills, 1966), American actor, director, producer, screenwriter and stuntman, he was a popular comedian in silent film. His trademark was his melancholic personality and deadpan expression, which earned him the nickname “The Great Stone Face”, and resulted in him being advertised as an actor who never smiles. Keaton’s films remain highly regarded, including Sherlock Jr. (1924), The Navigator (1924), Seven Chances (1925), and especially The General (1927).
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