Comments: Silent, Black & White Feature. Starring: Buster Keaton & Natalie Talmadge.
Like his 1926 film The General, this elaborate historical comedy broadened the boundaries of slapstick and proved that Keaton was not just a comedian, he was an artist. Keaton stars as youthful dreamer Willie McKay, who travels westward on a rickety locomotive to claim his birthright, only to find that his inheritance is a shack. And he learns that the object of his affection (Keaton s real-life wife, Natalie Talmadge) is the daughter of a man with whom his family has been engaged in a long, violent feud. McKay s personal struggles are punctuated by brilliant slapstick set pieces that involve an exploding dam, raging waterfalls, and a primitive steam engine. Keaton supervised the design and construction of the train, which he revived two years later for the short The Iron Mule (in which he appears without credit as an Native American chief). This definitive edition of OUR HOSPITALITY features an exquisite orchestral score by Carl Davis, performed by the Thames Silents Orchestra; a documentary on the making of the film; and a rare alternate cut entitled Hospitality.
Music composed and conducted by Carl Davis, performed by The Thames Silents Orchestra
Musical score compiled by Donald Hunsberger
The Iron Mule (1925, 19 Min.), with music by Ben Model
Original documentary on the making of the film, written by film historian Patricia Eliot Tobias with David B. Pearson
Hospitality, a 49-minute alternate cut of the film, with an explanatory introduction, and an organ score by Lee Erwin
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