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Buster Keaton in jail (mute)
Location
Main screening room
Date
August 27th, 2021
Duration
60 min
Cycle
Silent films with music

Keeping silent cinema alive, showing the films of the era at the right speed and in their original image format, and having a pianist accompany them with respect, is all part of the normal work of a film library. But at a time when electronics is offering filmmakers new ways of making their images, it is even more relevant to periodically recall how eloquent were the images of the so-called silent era of film history. Silent cinema is therefore an essential component of the Cinémathèque's programming. And it is not a bad thing to remember that these are the works and filmmakers who made modern cinema possible, not to mention that it is always pleasant to be able to return for a few hours to the era of images that speak.

Our summer cycle will be festive or not. Sound and image, song and dance, instrument and breathing, strings and gestures: so many possible combinations to express what cinema and music can achieve and express together. Musicals, concert films, catchy music. Jazz, classical, contemporary, disco, punk... Revolt and enchantment, distress and emphasis, joy and rhythm, melancholy and bass, laughter and stridency: diverse expressions characterizing cinema and music's historical alliance, will definitely make us fly, dream, dance!

From the 30's to the present day and across all possible genres, this cycle aims to open our minds at a time when we most need it. The first week of July will be an eventful one, as the cycle will open with several evenings in cabaret mode, where we will present for the first time concert films produced in Quebec during the confinement, with the participation of major artists of the current music scene: Klô Pelgag, Marie Davidson and Godspeed You! Black Emperor.

ON THE PIANO: ROMAN ZAVADA

The Goat
Directed by
Buster Keaton, Malcolm St. Clair
Language
Silent, English Intertitles
Actors
Buster Keaton, Virginia Fox, Joe Roberts
Origins
USA
Year
1921
Duration
23 min
Genre
Adventure, silent
Format
Digital
Synopsis

A sequence of adventures begins when an accident during a photo shoot causes Buster to be mistaken for Dead Shot Dan, the local villain.

The Goat
Convict 13
Directed by
Edward F. Cline, Buster Keaton
Language
Silent, English Intertitles
Actors
Buster Keaton, Sybil Seely, Joe Roberts
Origins
USA
Year
1920
Duration
19 min
Genre
Adventure, family, comedy, silent
Format
Digital
Synopsis

A young golfer is assaulted by an escaped convict and ends up in a prison where he foils an escape.

Convict 13
Cops
Directed by
Edward F. Cline, Buster Keaton
Language
Silent, English Intertitles
Actors
Buster Keaton, Edward F. Cline, Virginia Fox
Origins
USA
Year
1922
Duration
18 min
Genre
Adventure, family, comedy, silent
Format
Digital
Synopsis

A series of misadventures leads to a young man being pursued by the entire police force of a large city.

Cops

Buster Keaton

Joseph Frank Keaton known professionally as Buster Keaton, was an American actor, comedian, film director, producer, screenwriter, and stunt performer. He is best known for his silent films, in which his trademark was physical comedy with a consistently stoic, deadpan expression that earned him the nickname The Great Stone Face. In 1999 the American Film Institute ranked him as the 21st-greatest male star of classic Hollywood cinema. (Wikipedia)

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