Buster Keaton in THREE AGES - Anything But Silent Live theatre organ accompaniment by BEN MODEL



Cinema Arts Centre - Cinema 2 Wed, Jul 18, 2018 7:30 PM


Anything But Silent                Live Theatre Organ Accompaniment by Ben Model

THREE AGES starring Buster Keaton
Wednesday, July 18 at 7:30pm
$11 Members | $16 Public

Three plots in three different historical periods—prehistoric times, Ancient Rome, and the Roaring Twenties—are intercut to prove the point that man's love for woman has not significantly changed throughout history.

A brilliant historical satire teeming with inventive flourishes, Buster Keaton's Three Ages is a silent comedy of truly epic proportions. This clever parody of D. W. Griffith's Intolerance follows Buster's hard-luck romantic adventures throughout world history: form the dawn of man in the Stone Age, through the gladiatorial arenas of Ancient Rome, to the city streets of the American Jazz Era. By flavoring the ancient stories with bits of modern comedy (e.g. the "spare tire" with which Buster repairs his chariot, the "home run" that he scores against an angry caveman), Keaton not only won raucous laughter from the audience but forged an original approach to history, humor, and cinema that clearly foreshadowed the Mel Brooks and Monty Python films that followed half a century later. (USA, 1923, 63 min., NR, Silent with English intertitles| Dir. Edward F. Cline & Buster Keaton)

Ben Model is one of America’s leading silent film accompanists, and has been playing piano and organ for silent films at the New York MoMA since 1984, and the CAC since 2006.