U.S., 1928, 71 min, 4KDCP, Dir. Buster Keaton, Cohen Film Collection
“The ensuing farce involves miraculous physical comedy and stuntwork. Keaton makes it look easy. The final storm sequence is a breathtaking apocalypse.” —Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian
“If your faith in humanity needs a little pick-me-up, there’s no better place to start.” —Tom Huddleston, Time Out
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Coral Gables Art Cinema and Dranoff 2 Piano present a screening of Buster Keaton's classic disaster film with a brand-new musical score composed by Jeroen van Veen and Mike del Ferro, who will perform this score live to the rhythms of the movie’s action and comedy with the alternation of jazz, classical and improvised music. The music is based on the works of Bach, Debussy, Chick Corea, Chopin, Mike del Ferro, Gershwin, Fauré, Mozart, Ravel, Reich & Jeroen Van Veen.
In this 1928 silent classic, Buster Keaton plays a ukulele-playing college boy who's a major disappointment to his father, the captain of a steamboat that has seen better days. Keaton falls in love with the daughter of a rival captain, much to his father's dismay, but soon proves himself a hero as a cyclone rages through and it's up to him to rescue his love and her father from a watery grave. Though a box office failure and a target of ridicule by critics at the time of release, Steamboat Bill Jr. has emerged as one of Keaton's finest achievements, no doubt in part to the death-defying stunt work that includes a still-astonishing house that collapses atop the actor - with only a three-inch margin of error! New 4K Restoration
The cost per ticket is $45 for the general public and $35 for CGAC members.
This concert is sponsored by Miami-Dade County with support from the City of Coral Gables.
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