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Our Hospitality (1923) broadened the boundaries of slapstick and proved that Buster Keaton was not just a comedian, he was an artist. Keaton stars as youthful dreamer Willie McKay, who travels westward on a rickety locomotive to claim his birthright, only to nd that his inheritance is a rundown shack. On top of that he learns that the object of his affection (Keaton’s real-life wife Natalie Talmadge) is the daughter of a man with whom his family has been engaged in a long, violent feud. McKay’s personal struggles are punctuated by brilliant slapstick setpieces that involve an exploding dam, raging waterfalls, and a primitive steam engine. Keaton supervised the design and construction of the train, which he revived two years later for the short The Iron Mule (1925).
Special Features: Audio commentary by lm historians Farran Smith Nehme and Imogen Sara Smith Un duel à mort (A Duel to the Death, 1947, a short lm starring Buster Keaton) The Iron Mule (1925, a short lm starring Al St. John)
A presentation on Our Hospitality by Serge Bromberg • Booklet essay by Jeffrey Vance Scoring for Buster, a documentary on the recording of Robert Israel’s score