The Great Buster, from Oscar-winning director Peter Bogdanovich (The Last Picture Show), celebrates the life, career and unmatched comedic genius of one of Hollywood’s most prolific and influential filmmakers, Buster Keaton.
“Lovely and sharp-minded … a wonderful appreciation of a great American comic and filmmaker.” – Todd McCarthy, Hollywood Reporter
Stunning restorations of archival works bring Keaton’s magic to life on the big screen, while interviews with his friends, family, collaborators, and an eclectic array of artists influenced by his singular vision (including Mel Brooks, Werner Herzog and Quentin Tarantino) detail a life and character that was as complex, bold, and graceful as the great works themselves. Bogdanovich (who also narrates) takes a personal dive into the Keaton archives and reveals a visionary artist (dubbed “Old Stone Face” thanks to his hilariously stoic demeanor in the midst of comic chaos) who put everything on the line for a laugh in such timeless and treasured films as The General (1926), Steamboat Bill Jr. (1928), Sherlock Jr. (1924), and so many others. (Dir. by Peter Bogdanovich, 2018, USA, 102 mins., Not Rated).