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Action and Adventure, Comedy, Romance, Short Films, Silent
Buster Keaton, along with Charlie Chaplin and Harold Lloyd, was one of the great comedians of the silent era and his lack of sentimentality, economy of style and consistent deadpan expression (he was nicknamed 'The Great Stone Face') give him a uniquely timeless quality. His films were also characterised by virtuoso set-piece sequences and incredible stunts that, amazingly, were all performed by Keaton and achieved without any camera trickery, and this collection of 32 of his short films is a fine testament to his genius. This boxed-set, released in 2007, spans the period 1917 to 1923. Disc C comprises of the following eight short films: The Scarecrow (1920), Neighbors (1920), The Haunted House (1921), Hard Luck (1921), The Goat (1921), The Playhouse (1921), The Boat (1921) and The Paleface (1921).
A selection of animated shorts curated in partnership with Into Film and the British Council to celebrate the BFI’s animation season, Anim18.
5–14 years 67 mins
He might not be as famous as his contemporaries Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton, but Harold Lloyd was still the clown prince of silent slapstick.
All ages 1746 mins
Essential introduction to silent comedy giant Buster Keaton, full of unbelievable stunts and endless slapstick, featuring eight of his short films.
7+ years 180 mins
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