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PS21 Black Box Theater
Chatham, NY
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Buster Keatons Our Hospitality (1923, 73 min)
Charlie Chaplins The Immigrant (1917, 24 min.)
With piano accompaniment by Jon Pohlman

PS21 presents an evening of silent film comedy with live piano accompaniment of films by the legendary Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton.

One Week (1920, 23 min) A delightful comedy about newlyweds Buster Keaton and Sybil Seely as they attempt to put together a pre-fab house whose instructions have been scrambled resulting in a hilarious series of mishaps. Keaton as always did all his own stunts and displays his incredible acrobatic abilities. Keatons first foray into solo film-making shows him at the height of his powers  perfectly paced and constructed, lifting slapstick comedy into the realm of elegance.
The Boat (1921, 23 min) In this iconic film, Keaton builds a boat in his basement and names it Damfino. He and his wife (Sybil Seely) and two boys tow it out of the garage to launch it into the ocean only to encounter one hilarious comic disaster after another.
Balloonatics (1923, 22 min) Co-directed by and starring Buster Keaton Balloonatics was one of Keaton's final short films. He starts out in an Amusement Park Fun House, ends up in a runaway hot air balloon which lands him on a camping trip full of comically surreal mishaps. This is one of Keatons most light-hearted films with a charming, almost transcendental, ending.  Phyllis Haver co-stars.

The Immigrant is one of Chaplins most beloved short films. Chaplin himself wrote in his autobiography that The Immigrant touched me more than any other film I made. Starring the luminous Edna Purviance and comic heavy Eric Campbell along with Chaplin, the film tells the story of European immigrants making the grueling journey across the Atlantic by boat and arriving in America to face further challenges. As always, Chaplin artfully transforms obstacles into laugh-aloud humor. In this film, he interweaves his comedy with emotional empathy and social critique.

Jon Pohlman has accompanies classic silent films at the Thalia in NYC and Spencertown Academy and TSL in Columbia County among other venues.

The Immigrant is a delightful mini masterpiece from one of the screens finest comedians.  Fritzi Kramer

A feudin' and fussin' masterpiece for Buster Keaton Three generations of Keatons are featured, from Joseph the elder to Buster's own son, while the period detail is at once comic and - believe it - totally accurate.  Tom Hutchinson, Radio Times


PS21 Black Box Theater (View)
2980 Route 66
Chatham, NY 12037
United States


Arts > Performance
Film > Movies

Kid Friendly: Yes!
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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