Steamboat Bill, Jr.

When
Event has passed (Sat Sep 23, 2017 - Sat Sep 23, 2017)
Where
Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (BAMPFA)
Time
4pm
Tags
Movies, Museums, Film Screening

Description

The charming Mississippi River setting (actually filmed along the Sacramento Delta) is but one of Steamboat Bill, Jr.’s many pleasures. The film seems to have a direct line to Buster Keaton’s youth and soul in the tale of a sensitive lad trying to figure out the mettle of manhood in his overbearing dad. The climax is one of Keaton’s most dangerous and carefully planned stunts: a wall comes crashing down on him but he passes, untouched, through an open window. Keaton was the true he-man among matinee idols—the scene was done unfaked, with a real wall.