Sunday, 29 December 2013

Capital Celluloid 2014 - Day 17: Fri Jan 17

The Navigator (Keaton, 1924): BFI Southbank, NFT2, 6.20pm


This film, which screens as part of the Buster Keaton season at BFI Southbank, is also being shown on Wednesday 15th and Thursday 16th January. Details here.

Chicago Reader review:
Buster Keaton's 1924 film is about a rich young couple, who have never needed to look out for themselves, cast adrift on a deserted ocean liner. The ordinary difficulties of existence are magnified by the fact that all the facilities are intended not for individual needs but to cater to a thousand people. The situation is perfectly suited to Keaton's natural sense of surrealism—everything is too big, too full, and too much. Keaton and his girlfriend (Kathryn McGuire) become two innocents lost in a threatening, mechanistic Eden, alone in their oversized world. A masterpiece, and very, very funny.
Dave Kehr

Here is an extract.

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