january, 2019

16jan11:30 AMKeaton: Battling Butler (1926)11:30 AM Watershed

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WEDS 16 JAN 1330hrs
Watershed £5.00 – £8.00
Dir: Buster Keaton US 74mins U

Keaton always selected Battling Butler (1926) as one of his favourite features. Based on the Broadway play, the story revolves around two Alfred Butlers – one (Keaton) a mild-mannered millionaire, the other a boxing world champion. When Butler-the-fop finds love with a mountain girl, he assumes the identity and arouses the wrath of Butler-the-Brute, leading to a dramatic showdown which inspired Scorsese’s filming of Raging Bull. Introduced here by film editor and PhD student of Keaton’s film-making, Polly Rose (University of Bristol). With live accompaniment by Günter A Buchwald and Frank Bockius.

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