Buster Keaton’s life explored in documentary

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Cinema Capitol (230 W. Dominick St.) will present the biographical documentary “The Great Buster” from Friday, November 23 through Thursday, November 29. 

“The Great Buster” celebrates the life and career of one of America’s most influential and celebrated filmmakers and comedians. Buster Keaton’s singular style and fertile output during the silent film era created his legacy as a true cinematic visionary.

Filled with restored archival Keaton films from the Cohen Film Classics library, “The Great Buster” is directed by cinema historian Peter Bogdanovich, whose writings and films on prominent directors such as John Ford and Orson Welles have become the standard by which many other studies are measured.

The movie also includes interviews with prominent filmmakers and actors such as Mel Brooks, Quentin Tarantino, Werner Herzog, Dick van Dyke and Johnny Knoxville.

“The Great Buster” was awarded “Best Documentary on Cinema” at the 2018 Venice Film Festival and was nominated for “Best Documentary” at the 2018 Chicago International Film Festival.

The Los Angeles Times writes that the movie is “An amusing and authoritative documentary directed by Peter Bogdanovich that both satisfies the true believer and offers the agnostic a place to begin.” The Hollywood Reporter writes that it is “A wonderful appreciation of a great American comic and filmmaker.”

“The Great Buster” runs 102 minutes and is not rated. Admission is $7, $6 for students and military, and $5 for Capitol Friends. Tickets are available at the door and in advance from the Capitol box office (315-337-6453) and online at www.romecapitol.com.

Show times are Friday and Saturday at 4:15 and 7:15 p.m., Sunday at 1:15 and 4:15 p.m., and Monday-Thursday at 7:15 p.m. There will be no captioned show times for this movie.

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