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Hosted by the Red Deer Museum + Art Gallery and Carnival Cinemas, in partnership with Film Circuit, presented by TIFF. Directed by Peter Bogdanovich, Rated PG USA | 102 minutes | English, MK2 About the Film: In 1965, the year before his death, the Venice Film Festival gave a tribute to Buster Keaton where he received a five-minute standing ovation. In Peter Bogdanovich’s documentary The Great Buster: A Celebration, the director and film historian pays his own tribute to Keaton’s life and legacy, with a focus on the films he made independently before he signed on to a major studio, and how the introduction of sound changed cinema forever. Bogdanovich sets out to remind us of the star’s influence and ingenuity through a combination of Bogdanovich’s narration, a series of interviews with filmmakers, collaborators, performers, and friends, and, of course, a cavalcade of spectacularly restored footage from Keaton’s films. From his birth, to his time on the vaudeville circuit, to his directing years, to what he called “the biggest mistake of his life,” The Great Buster tracks the highs and lows of Keaton’s professional and personal lives. The final third of the film is a study of the actor-director’s finest and most visionary creative period, citing his dark comedy, The General, as not only his finest work but also one of the best films in cinema history. Director Werner Herzog may say it best in the film: “He is the essence of movies, one of the inventors of cinema.” Bogdanovich demonstrates this idea quite literally with a sequence featuring one of Keaton’s more daring stunts — his falling house bit, which has been repeated in film and television countless times. The Great Buster is an ode to this cinema legend and evidence that comedy can be timeless. “Keaton and the era he symbolized is long gone, but this documentary reminds us that he lives forever.” —Moira Macdonald, The Seattle Times Principal Cast: Mel Brooks, Quentin Tarantino, Werner Herzog, Dick Van Dyke, Johnny Knoxville Tickets are on sale now! Purchase your tickets online at www.reddeermuseum.com, stop by the Red Deer Museum + Art Gallery in person, or give us a call at 403.309.8405. Tickets are $8 each for valid MAG Members, and $10 each for Non-Members, up until 4:30 pm on film nights. Tickets can be purchased at the door on film night for $10 each starting at 6 pm (cash only; no member rate at the door), pending availability. Reel Movie Mondays gratefully acknowledges our partnership with Film Circuit, presented by TIFF, and its sponsors and supporters. For more information about Film Circuit and to view a full list of their sponsors and supporters, please visit www.tiff.net/filmcircuit
|October 21, 2019||7:00 pm - 9:00 pm|