"Actor: Buster KEATON"

  • Buster Keaton: 3 Films (Volume 2) (The Navigator, Seven Chances, Battling Butler) Limited Edition Blu-rayBuster Keaton: 3 Films (Volume 2) (The Navigator, Seven Chances, Battling Butler) Limited Edition Blu-ray | Blu Ray | (30/03/2020) from £25.99   |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)   |  RRP £N/A

    Between 1920 and 1929, Buster Keaton created a peerless run of feature films that established him as arguably the greatest actor-director in the history of the movies. Collected here are three further films from that era; The Navigator, Seven Chances and Battling Butler. The Masters of Cinema Series is proud to present all three films from stunning 4K restorations in their UK debuts on Blu-ray. The Navigator Wealthy Rollo Treadway (Keaton) suddenly decides to propose to his neighbour across the street, Betsy O'Brien (Kathryn McGuire), and sends his servant to book passage for a honeymoon sea cruise to Honolulu. When Betsy rejects his sudden offer however, he decides to go on the trip anyway, boarding without delay that night. Because the pier number is partially covered, he ends up on the wrong ship, the Navigator, which Betsy's rich father has just sold to a small country at war. Keaton was unhappy with the audience response to Sherlock Jr., and endeavoured to make a follow-up that was both exciting and successful. The result was the biggest hit of Keaton's career. Seven Chances Jimmy Shannon (Keaton) learns he is to inherit seven million dollars, with a catch. He will only get the money if he is married by 7pm on his 27th birthday, which happens to be that same day! What follows is an incredible series of escalating set-pieces that could only have come from the genius of Buster Keaton. Battling Butler A rich, spoiled dandy (Keaton) pretends to be a champion boxer, Battling Butler , to impress the family of the girl he loves. When the real Butler shows up, he decided to humiliate the imposter by having him fight the Alabama Murderer! Special Features 1080p presentations of all three films from the Cohen Film Collection's stunning 4K restorations, with musical scores composed and conducted by Robert Israel The Navigator Audio commentary by silent film historians Robert Arkus and Yair Solan New and exclusive video essay by David Cairns covering all three films The Navigator A short documentary on the making of the film and Keaton's fascination with boats as sources of comedy, by film historian Bruce Lawton A selection of rarely heard audio interviews with Buster Keaton (Runtime TBC)

  • The Cameraman (1928) (Criterion Collection) UK Only [Blu-ray] [2020]The Cameraman (1928) (Criterion Collection) UK Only | Blu Ray | (20/07/2020) from £17.99   |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)   |  RRP £N/A

    BUSTER KEATON (The General) is at the peak of his slapstick powers in The Cameramanthe first film that the silent-screen legend made after signing with MGM, and his last great masterpiece. The final work over which he maintained creative control, this clever farce is the culmination of an extraordinary, decadelong run that produced some of the most innovative and enduring comedies of all time. Keaton plays a hapless newsreel cameraman desperate to impress both his new employer and his winsome office crush as he zigzags up and down Manhattan hustling for a scoop. Along the way, he goes for a swim (and winds up soaked), becomes embroiled in a Chinatown Tong War, and teams up with a memorable monkey sidekick (the famous Josephine). The marvellously inventive film-within-a-film setup allows Keaton's imagination to run wild, yielding both sly insights into the travails of moviemaking and an emotional payoff of disarming poignancy. Special Features: New 4K digital restoration undertaken by the Cineteca di Bologna, the Criterion Collection, and Warner Bros. New score by composer Timothy Brock, conducted by Brock and performed by the orchestra of the Teatro Comunale di Bologna in 2020, presented in uncompressed stereo on the Blu-ray Audio commentary from 2004 featuring Glenn Mitchell, author of AZ of Silent Film Comedy: An Illustrated Companion Spite Marriage (1929), Buster Keaton's next feature for MGM following The Cameraman, in a new 2K restoration, with a 2004 commentary by film historians John Bengtson and Jeffrey Vance Time Travelers, a new documentary by Daniel Raim featuring interviews with Bengtson and film historian Marc Wanamaker So Funny It Hurt: Buster Keaton & MGM, a 2004 documentary by film historians Kevin Brownlow and Christopher Bird New interview with James L. Neibaur, author of The Fall of Buster Keaton: His Films for MGM, Educational Pictures, and Columbia PLUS: An essay by film critic Imogen Sara Smith

  • The Complete BUSTER KEATON Short Films 1917-1923 (Masters of Cinema) (Blu-ray)The Complete BUSTER KEATON Short Films 1917-1923 (Masters of Cinema) (Blu-ray) | Blu Ray | (25/07/2016) from £26.99   |  Saving you £13.00 (48.17%)   |  RRP £39.99

    Eureka Entertainment to release BUSTER KEATON - The Complete Short Films 1917-1923, on Blu-ray for the first time in the UIK on 18 July 2016. Containing thirty-two films - with a running time of over 740 minutes - this collection documents Buster Keaton's short films between 1917 -1923. Capturing Keaton's first steps in front of a camera this box set charts his early association with ex-keystone Kop Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle through to starring in, headlining, and directing his own box office smash hits. Using Chaplin's old Hollywood studios in 1920, Keaton's sophisticated technical inventiveness coupled with his haunted-yet-handsome 'Stone Face' persona, created a succession of the most timeless, classic comedy shorts ever realised. The masters of cinema series is proud to present the following films in a luxurious four-disc box set, on Blu-ray for the first time in the UK.

  • Buster Keaton - College / Steamboat Bill Jr. / Three Ages [1927]Buster Keaton - College / Steamboat Bill Jr. / Three Ages | DVD | (13/02/2006) from £16.98   |  Saving you £13.01 (43.40%)   |  RRP £29.99

    College: Coming hard on the heels of Keaton's comic masterpiece 'The General' this was a relaxing romp in both setting and approach after the exacting precision of the American Civil War comic-drama. (Dir. James W. Horne 1927) Steamboat Bill Jr.: Steamboat Bill is William Canfield (Ernest Torrence) the larger-than-life owner of the stern-wheeler 'Stonewall Jackson' which he has operated for many years with his first (and only) mate played by Tom Lewis. Almost the e

  • Buster Keaton: 3 Films(Sherlock Jr., The General, Steamboat Bill, Jr.) [Masters of Cinema] [Blu-ray]Buster Keaton: 3 Films(Sherlock Jr., The General, Steamboat Bill, Jr.) | Blu Ray | (12/08/2019) from £18.99   |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)   |  RRP £N/A

    Eureka Entertainment to re-issue BUSTER KEATON: 3 FILMS, a collection of essential films from one of the greats of cinema operating at the height of his powers, taken from stunning 4K restorations, as part of The Masters of Cinema Series in a 3-disc Blu-ray set from 12 August 2019. Between 1920 and 1929, Buster Keaton created a peerless run of feature films that established him as arguably the greatest actor-director in the history of the movies. Collected here are three key films from that era; Sherlock Jr., The General and Steamboat Bill, Jr. Together they represent a true master at his peak, and The Masters of Cinema Series is proud to present all three films from stunning 4K restorations. Sherlock Jr. (1924) A film projectionist (and amateur detective) offers to solve the case of a missing watch, but is instead framed for the crime himself. Desperate to clear his name, the projectionist dreams of being the great Sherlock Jr., and in one of cinemas most iconic sequences, literally steps into the screen to bring his fantasies to life. The General (1926) When union spies steal his locomotive (along with his girlfriend), a plucky railway engineer pursues them doggedly across enemy lines. Containing one of the most memorable chase sequences in the history of filmmaking, The General is widely considered to be Keaton's masterpiece. Steamboat Bill, Jr. (1928) A steamboat captain receives a telegram informing him that his son who he has not seen for many years will be coming to visit. Eagerly expecting a strapping young lad who will help him compete with his arch-rival, he is disappointed with the effete progeny that instead shows up. Best remembered for its climactic cyclone sequence in which Keaton performs a number of death-defying stunts whilst an entire town is destroyed around him, Steamboat Bill, Jr. was Buster Keaton's last independent silent comedy and also one of his finest. Features: 1080p presentations of all three films from stunning 4K restorations Audio commentary on Sherlock Jr. by film historian David Kalat Three video interviews with film scholar Peter Kramer discussing Sherlock Jr., The General and Steamboat Bill, Jr Buster Keaton: The Genius Destroyed by Hollywood (52 mins) - A documentary on Keaton and his struggles working within the Hollywood studio system Buster Keaton on Wagon Train (58 mins) an audio recording of a then 63 year old Buster Keaton in conversation with television writer Bill Cox Sherlock Jr. Original music by Timothy Brock Sherlock Jr. Tour of Filming Locations featurette Sherlock Jr. Movie Magic & Mysteries featurette The General - Original score composed and conducted by Carl Davis The General Tour of Filming Locations featurette The General Video Tour featurette The General Home Movie Footage The General Introduction by Orson Welles The General Introduction by Gloria Swanson Steamboat Bill, Jr. - Original score composed and conducted by Carl Davis Steamboat Bill, Jr. A video essay on the making of the film A Collector's Booklet featuring writing on the films alongside rare archival imagery supplied by friends of the Keaton family

  • Film / Notfilm (DVD + Blu-ray)Film / Notfilm (DVD + Blu-ray) | Blu Ray | (22/05/2017) from £8.99   |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)   |  RRP £N/A

    Film (Alan Schneider, 1965, 22 mins) is the Nobel Prize winner Samuel Beckett s only screenplay, starring the legendary Buster Keaton. Made in 1965 this short has been recently restored by Ross Lipman and the UCLA Film and Television Archive. In his extensive Kino-Essay, Notfilm (2015, 129 mins), Ross Lipman explores the literary, cinematic and personal history surrounding the production. Citing clips from the work of Buñuel, Vertov, Vigo and Eisenstein, and featuring interviews with cinematographer Haskell Wexler, Billie Whitelaw and the film's producer Barney Rossey, Notfilm examines the project's themes and legacy in an original, creative and dynamic fashion. Also included is the rare 1979 British remake of Film starring comedian Max Wall. Special Features: The Street Scene (6 mins): A lost scene reconstruction from the film outtakes The Dog and Cat Takes (9 mins): Outtakes from the 1965 version of Film 'What if E's Eyes Were Closed?' (7 mins): Audio recordings of Beckett, Kaufman and Schneider (7 mins, with hard-of-hearing subtitles) Buster Keaton and Film: James Karen in Conversation (42 mins) Memories of Samuel Beckett: An Afternoon with James Knowlson (8 mins) Jeanette Seaver: Beckett and Godot (4 mins) Stills and Photo Gallery (TBC) Photographing Beckett (7 mins) The Music of NOTFILM: Downloadable MP3 recording by Mihály Víg (DVD only) Illustrated booklet with new writings by Ross Lipman, Michael Brooke and Vic Pratt

  • The Complete Buster Keaton Short FilmsThe Complete Buster Keaton Short Films | DVD | (20/11/2006) from £24.99   |  Saving you £25.00 (50.00%)   |  RRP £49.99

    Containing thirty-two films - with a running time of over 700 minutes - this collection documents Buster Keatons short films between 1917-1923. Capturing Keaton's first steps in front of a camera this box set charts his early association with ex-Keystone Kop Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle through to headlining starring in and directing his own box office smash hits. Using Chaplin's old Hollywood studios in 1920 Keaton's sophisticated technical inventiveness coupled with his haunted-yet-handsome ""Stone Face"" persona created a succession of the most timeless classic comedy shorts ever realised. The Masters Of Cinema series presents the following films in a four-disc box set with audio commentary by Joseph McBride on six of the films and a 212-page book Films comprise: 1. The Butcher Boy (1917) 2. The Rough House (1917) 3. His Wedding Night (1917) 4. Oh Doctor! (1917) 5. Coney Island (1917) 6. Out West (1918) 7. The Bell Boy (1918) 8. Moonshine (1918) 9. Good Night Nurse (1918) 10. The Cook (1918) 11. Backstage (1919) 12. The Hayseed (1919) 13. The Garage (1919) 14. The ""High Sign""* (finished 1920 released 1921) 15. One Week* (1920) 16. Convict 13* (1920) 17. The Scarecrow (1920) 18. Neighbors (1920) 19. The Haunted House (1921) 20. Hard Luck (1921) 21. The Goat (1921) 22. The Playhouse* (1921) 23. The Boat* (1921) 24. The Paleface (1922) 25. Cops* (1922) 26. My Wifes Relations (1922) 27. The Blacksmith (1922) 28. The Frozen North (1922) 29. Daydreams (1922) 30. The Electric House (1922) 31. The Balloonatic (1923) 32. The Love Nest (1923) *features audio commentary

  • Limelight (Chaplin Collection) [DVD]Limelight (Chaplin Collection) | DVD | (28/03/2011) from £13.85   |  Saving you £2.14 (13.40%)   |  RRP £15.99

    The legend of silent films, Charlie Chaplin, plays an ageing music-hall comedian who befriends a young despondent ballet dancer, Terry (Claire Bloom). Terry is in slow recovery, learning to feel confident about life after her attempted suicide.Also included in the highlights is a famous Chaplin and Buster Keaton comedy skit in this Academy Award-winning film, as the two comedians portray faded stars seeking an audience in a contantly changing world.

  • The Great Buster: A Celebration [Blu-ray]The Great Buster: A Celebration | Blu Ray | (07/09/2020) from £N/A   |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)   |  RRP £N/A

    Celebrating the life and career of one of America s most influential and celebrated filmmakers and comedians, Buster Keaton, whose singular style and fertile output during the silent era created his legacy as a true cinematic visionary. Filled with stunningly restored archival Keaton films and directed by Peter Bogdanovich, a filmmaker and cinema historian whose landmark writings and films on such renowned directors as John Ford and Orson Welles have become the standard by which all other studies are measured.

  • Buster Keaton - The General [DVD]Buster Keaton - The General | DVD | (25/01/2010) from £12.13   |  Saving you £-2.14 (-21.40%)   |  RRP £9.99

    The General

  • Our Hospitality/Sherlock JrOur Hospitality/Sherlock Jr | DVD | (23/07/2007) from £5.85   |  Saving you £2.14 (26.80%)   |  RRP £7.99

    Buster Keaton's career as a performer and director is widely regarded to be among the most innovative and important work in the history of cinema. Our Hospitality: Directed produced written by and starring Buster Keaton. Full of brilliant sight gags and featuring a most memorable and hilarious train journey in an 1831-vintage Stephenson Rocket. Sherlock Jr.: The story of a movie projectionist who is accused of stealing his girlfriend's father's watch. He falls asleep on the job and dreams that he is Sherlock Holmes solving the case. This film features the incredible physical comedy and stunts for which Keaton is famous.

  • The Buster Keaton CollectionThe Buster Keaton Collection | DVD | (27/02/2006) from £N/A   |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)   |  RRP £29.99

    A collection of 28 films featuring the 'Great Stone Face' himself Buster Keaton. Buster Keaton is one of the trio of great comedy geniuses that the silent era produced and along with Charlie Chaplin and Harold Lloyd can still be considered one of the great comics of all time. Buster starred in both features and shorts and as proof of his enduring popularity his 1927 masterpiece The General was voted number 18 on the AFI-Top 100 Funniest films of all time in June 2000. B

  • Buster Keaton: 3 Films (Sherlock Jr., The General, Steamboat Bill, Jr.) [Masters of Cinema] Limited Edition Blu-ray Boxed SetBuster Keaton: 3 Films (Sherlock Jr., The General, Steamboat Bill, Jr.) | Blu Ray | (20/11/2017) from £N/A   |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)   |  RRP £N/A

    Eureka Entertainment to release BUSTER KEATON: 3 FILMS, a collection of essential films from one of the greats of cinema operating at the height of his powers, as part of The Masters of Cinema Series on Blu-ray from stunning new 4K restorations in a lavish limited edition (3000 copies) 3-disc hardbound boxed set on 16 October 2017. Between 1920 and 1929, Buster Keaton created a peerless run of feature films that established him as arguably the greatest actor-director in the history of the movies. Collected here are three key films from that era; Sherlock Jr., The General and Steamboat Bill, Jr. Together they represent a true master at his peak, and The Masters of Cinema Series is proud to present all three films from stunning new 4K restorations available for the first time on Blu-ray anywhere in the world. Sherlock Jr. (1924) A film projectionist (and amateur detective) offers to solve the case of a missing watch, but is instead framed for the crime himself. Desperate to clear his name, the projectionist dreams of being the great Sherlock Jr., and in one of cinemas most iconic sequences, literally steps into the screen to bring his fantasies to life. The General (1926) When union spies steal his locomotive (along with his girlfriend), a plucky railway engineer pursues them doggedly across enemy lines. Containing one of the most memorable chase sequences in the history of filmmaking, The General is widely considered to be Keaton's masterpiece. Steamboat Bill, Jr. (1928) A steamboat captain receives a telegram informing him that his son who he has not seen for many years will be coming to visit. Eagerly expecting a strapping young lad who will help him compete with his arch-rival, he is disappointed with the effete progeny that instead shows up. Best remembered for its climactic cyclone sequence in which Keaton performs a number of death-defying stunts whilst an entire town is destroyed around him, Steamboat Bill, Jr. was Buster Keaton's last independent silent comedy and also one of his finest. BLU-RAY SPECIAL FEATURES: 3 x Blu-ray discs plus 60-page book all housed in a hardbound slipcase 1080p presentations of all three films from stunning new 4K restorations Audio commentary on Sherlock Jr. by film historian David Kalat Three new video interviews with film scholar Peter Kramer discussing Sherlock Jr., The General and Steamboat Bill, Jr Buster Keaton: The Genius Destroyed by Hollywood (52 mins) - A new documentary on Keaton and his struggles working within the Hollywood studio system Buster Keaton on Wagon Train (58 mins) an audio recording of a then 63 year old Buster Keaton in conversation with television writer Bill Cox Sherlock Jr. Original music by Timothy Brock Sherlock Jr. Tour of Filming Locations featurette Sherlock Jr. Movie Magic & Mysteries featurette The General - Original score composed and conducted by Carl Davis The General Tour of Filming Locations featurette The General Video Tour featurette The General Home Movie Footage The General Introduction by Orson Welles The General Introduction by Gloria Swanson Steamboat Bill, Jr. - Original score composed and conducted by Carl Davis Steamboat Bill, Jr. A video essay on the making of the film PLUS: A 60-PAGE BOOK featuring a new essay by Philip Kemp; notes on each film; archival writings; Keaton Family Scrapbook, a selection of Keaton family photographs generously supplied by friends of the Keaton family; and a stunning array of archival imagery

  • Buster Keaton - Vol. 2 [1920]Buster Keaton - Vol. 2 | DVD | (10/11/2003) from £5.38   |  Saving you £-3.39 (-170.40%)   |  RRP £1.99

    A former child vaudeville star Buster Keaton moved into movies in 1917 with an appearance in Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle's The Butcher Boy. Within three years Buster was a star in his own right. NEIGHBOURS:Romeo and Juliet given an update and set in a tenement neighbourhood where Buster and Virginia's family fight over the fence separating their respective buildings. ONE WEEK:Newlyweds Buster and Sybil have been given a portable house as a wedding gift. It is the type of house you can

  • A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum [Blu-ray]A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum | Blu Ray | (22/02/2016) from £7.99   |  Saving you £8.00 (50.00%)   |  RRP £15.99

    The words of the opening song pretty much describe the menu in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum--"Something familiar, something peculiar, something for everyone: a comedy tonight!"--a frantic adaptation of the stage musical by Larry Gelbart and Burt Shevelove. The wild story, based on the Latin comedies of Plautus and set in ancient Rome, follows a slave named Pseudolus (Zero Mostel, snorting and gibbering) as he tries to extricate himself from an increasingly farcical situation; Mostel and a bevy of inspired clowns, including Phil Silvers, Jack Gilford and Buster Keaton, keep the slapstick and the patter perking. The cast also includes the young Michael Crawford as a love-struck innocent. This project landed in the lap of Richard Lester, then one of the hot test directors in the world after his success with the Beatles' films. Lester telescoped the material through his own joke-a-second sensibility, and also ripped out some of the songs from Stephen Sondheim's Broadway score. The result is very close to the vaudeville spirit suggested by the title--though anyone with a low tolerance for Zero Mostel's overbearing buffoonery may be in trouble. Oddly enough, amid all the frenzy, Lester creates a grungy, earthy Rome that seems closer to the real thing than countless respectable historical films on the subject. Frankie Howerd, who played Pseudolus on the London stage, kept the tradition going with his Up Pompei TV series. --Robert Horton, Amazon.com

  • The Buster Keaton Collection [Repackaged]The Buster Keaton Collection | DVD | (01/09/2008) from £15.94   |  Saving you £9.05 (36.20%)   |  RRP £24.99

    A collection of 28 films featuring the 'Great Stone Face' himself Buster Keaton. Buster Keaton is one of the trio of great comedy geniuses that the silent era produced and along with Charlie Chaplin and Harold Lloyd can still be considered one of the great comics of all time. Buster starred in both features and shorts and as proof of his enduring popularity his 1927 masterpiece The General was voted number 18 on the AFI-Top 100 Funniest films of all time in June 2000. Buster has profound things to say about man and modern life; famous for his high-speed timing and inventiveness which have never been surpassed in the history of cinema. His films remain today as fresh modern and as wonderfully funny as when they were made. Films Comprise: 1.One Week 2.The Saphead 3.Convict 13 4.The Scarecrow 5.Neighbors 6.The Haunted House 7.The Goat 8.The Boat 9.The Playhouse 10.The Paleface 11.Cops 12.My Wife's Relations 13.The Blacksmith 14.The Frozen North 15.The Electric House 16.Day Dreams 17.The Balloonatic 18.The Love Nest 19.The Three Ages 20.Our Hospitality (Thames Silent Version) 21.Sherlock Jr. 22.The Navigator 23.Seven Chances 24.Go West 25.Battling Butler 26.The General (Thames Silent Version) 27.College 28.Steamboat Bill Jr. 29.The Great Stone Face (1968 documentary)

  • A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum [1966]A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum | DVD | (12/01/2004) from £7.99   |  Saving you £5.00 (38.50%)   |  RRP £12.99

    The words of the opening song pretty much describe the menu in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum--"Something familiar, something peculiar, something for everyone: a comedy tonight!"--a frantic adaptation of the stage musical by Larry Gelbart and Burt Shevelove. The wild story, based on the Latin comedies of Plautus and set in ancient Rome, follows a slave named Pseudolus (Zero Mostel, snorting and gibbering) as he tries to extricate himself from an increasingly farcical situation; Mostel and a bevy of inspired clowns, including Phil Silvers, Jack Gilford and Buster Keaton, keep the slapstick and the patter perking. The cast also includes the young Michael Crawford as a love-struck innocent. This project landed in the lap of Richard Lester, then one of the hottest directors in the world after his success with the Beatles' films. Lester telescoped the material through his own joke-a-second sensibility, and also ripped out some of the songs from Stephen Sondheim's Broadway score. The result is very close to the vaudeville spirit suggested by the title--though anyone with a low tolerance for Zero Mostel's overbearing buffoonery may be in trouble. Oddly enough, amid all the frenzy, Lester creates a grungy, earthy Rome that seems closer to the real thing than countless respectable historical films on the subject. Frankie Howerd, who played Pseudolus on the London stage, kept the tradition going with his Up Pompeii TV series. --Robert Horton

  • A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum [DVD]A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum | DVD | (22/02/2016) from £5.49   |  Saving you £10.50 (65.70%)   |  RRP £15.99

    The words of the opening song pretty much describe the menu in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum--"Something familiar, something peculiar, something for everyone: a comedy tonight!"--a frantic adaptation of the stage musical by Larry Gelbart and Burt Shevelove. The wild story, based on the Latin comedies of Plautus and set in ancient Rome, follows a slave named Pseudolus (Zero Mostel, snorting and gibbering) as he tries to extricate himself from an increasingly farcical situation; Mostel and a bevy of inspired clowns, including Phil Silvers, Jack Gilford and Buster Keaton, keep the slapstick and the patter perking. The cast also includes the young Michael Crawford as a love-struck innocent. This project landed in the lap of Richard Lester, then one of the hot test directors in the world after his success with the Beatles' films. Lester telescoped the material through his own joke-a-second sensibility, and also ripped out some of the songs from Stephen Sondheim's Broadway score. The result is very close to the vaudeville spirit suggested by the title--though anyone with a low tolerance for Zero Mostel's overbearing buffoonery may be in trouble. Oddly enough, amid all the frenzy, Lester creates a grungy, earthy Rome that seems closer to the real thing than countless respectable historical films on the subject. Frankie Howerd, who played Pseudolus on the London stage, kept the tradition going with his Up Pompei TV series. --Robert Horton, Amazon.com

  • Steamboat Bill Jr [1928]Steamboat Bill Jr | DVD | (10/11/2003) from £6.73   |  Saving you £-1.74 (-34.90%)   |  RRP £4.99

    Steamboat Bill Jr dates from 1928 and is the last great film Buster Keaton made before he gave up his independence and signed for MGM. Buster is the rather fey son of an elderly steamboat owner who is being driven out of business by a wealthy competitor. More by accident than intention Buster turns things around and gets the girl as well. The last 15 minutes are truly astonishing: a storm sequence in which a whole town is blown apart, with Buster experiencing a series of amazing escapes as buildings fall down around his ears. On the DVD: The print is a good one, best seen in the 4:3 ration, with unobtrusive organ music added. As a nautical extra there's The Boat, a 1921 short (the print not in such a good state as the feature), in which in the course of launching his newly built craft Buster manages to wreck his house, tip his car into the river and sink the boat. And that's only the beginning. --Ed Buscombe

  • Buster Keaton [DVD]Buster Keaton | DVD | (01/05/2017) from £N/A   |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)   |  RRP £N/A

    Buster Keaton at his very best, with his trademark stoic, deadpan expressions that earned him the nickname The Great Stone Face . The General. Consistently ranked among the greatest films ever made. THE GENERAL is so brilliantly conceived and executed that it continues to inspire awe and laughter with every viewing. Rejected by the Confederate army as unfit, and taken for a coward by his beloved Annabelle Lee (Marion Mack), young Johnny Gray (Keaton) is given a chance to redeem himself when Yankee spies steal his cherished locomotive. Johnny wages a one-man war against hijackers, an errant cannon and the unpredictable hand of fate while roaring along the iron rails. Steamboat Bill Jr. The last of the independent features made in the prime of Buster Keaton s career. STEAMBOAT BILL, JR. is a large-scale follow-up to The General. Keaton stars as William Canfield, Jr., a Boston collegian who returns to his deep-southern roots to reunite with his father, a crusty riverboat captain (Ernest Torrence) who is engaged in a bitter rivalry with a riverboat king coincidentally, the father of Willies sweetheart (Marion Byron). Keaton s athleticism and gift for inventive visual humor are in top form, and the cyclone that devastates a town (and sends houses literally crashing down around him) is perhaps the most ambitious, awe-inspiring and hilarious slapstick sequence ever created. THE NAVIGATOR. In a return to the pampered youth role he had played in The Saphead (and would return to in Battling Butler), Keaton stars as Rollo Treadway, an inexperienced lad of extraordinary wealth and surprisingly little common sense, who finds himself adrift on The Navigator with no one else on board except an equally naive girl (Kathryn McGuire). After discovering each other s presence in an ingenious ballet of unintentional hide-and-seek, the couple resourcefully fashion a home for themselves aboard the derelict boat, in spite of their unfamiliarity with the tools of domesticity. They then embark on a series of misadventures on the ocean floor (where Rollo in a diving suit must parry the attacks of an aggressive swordfish) and upon the high seas, surrounded by a fleet of menacing cannibals, where the film reaches its explosively funny climax, with the aid of a crate of rocket flares.

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