Buster Keaton's One Week & Go West

Saturday, February 27 at 2:00pm  |  $10  |

The Columbia River Theatre Organ Society presents an amazing program of silent films with live musical accompaniment from Dean Lemire on the Beverly Ruth Nelson Memorial Theatre Organ! The program will include the Buster Keaton classics ONE WEEK and GO WEST, preceded by Max Fleischer's short film THE TANTALIZING FLY.

ONE WEEK (1920, 24 minutes): Buster and Sybil exit a chapel as newlyweds. Among the gifts is a portable house you easily put together in one week. It doesn't help that Buster's rival for Sybil switches the numbers on the crates containing the house parts.

GO WEST (1925, 70 minutes): Heeding the expansionist call of Horace Greeley, a hapless young man aptly named "Friendless" (Keaton) hops a freight train westward to meet his destiny, first in a teeming metropolis where he is roundly trampled by rush-hour foot traffic, then into the ranchlands of Arizona. In the side-splitting course of his attempts at bronco-busting, cattle wrangling, and even dairy farming, Friendless finds himself enamored with Brown Eyes, a particularly affectionate bovine beauty from whose hoof he removed a painful pebble. A fascinating alternative to the manic stunt work and elaborate sight gags that distinguish the films of Buster Keaton, GO WEST offers a rare and satisfying glimpse of his talent for more expressive comedy: charming moments of intimate humor flavored with rich pathos.

Preceded by THE TANTALIZING FLY (1919, 4 minutes): Max Fleischer (1883–1972) was for years considered Walt Disney's only real rival in the world of cartoon animation. The man behind the creation of such legendary characters as Betty Boop and the animation of Popeye the Sailor and Superman, Fleischer asserted himself as a major player in the development of Hollywood entertainment. In THE TANTALIZING FLY, as a cartoonist draws a clown, a housefly harasses both the man and his pen-and-ink creation. http://www.fleischerstudios.com/



Saturday, February 27