THE MASTERS OF CINEMA SERIES PRESENTS BUSTER KEATON (VOLUME 3)
OUT 24 AUGUST / CERT U / 222 MINS
Eureka!’s third Buster Keaton three-film set brings us tantalisingly close to being able to own all of The Great Stone Face’s silent-comedy classics in pin-sharp high definition. The jewel in the crown here is Keaton’s first feature-length masterpiece, from 1923, Our Hospitality: the story of a family feud wherein Buster defies death in increasingly hair-raising ways. It’s a triumph of wit, invention and massive hats, and Buster teaming up with a length of rope for a large chunk of the film is one of comedy’s greatest collaborations. Go West (1925) and College (1927) are undoubtedly lesser films, but still boast some of the finest slapstick committed to film. Sadly, College features a scene with Keaton in blackface, so while the 2K and 4K restorations might make these century-old films look like they were shot yesterday, some of the humour is very much of its time.