The Saphead [1920] (BLU)

Buster Keaton

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Synopsis

In 1920, having served a slapstick apprenticeship in the shorts of Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle, Buster Keaton had earned the opportunity to headline his own series of two-reel comedies. The very moment at which he emerged as a star of his own shorts, Keaton was recruited to appear in his first feature film, The Saphead, based on a popular stage play. Though Keaton was not the primary creative force behind The Saphead, as he was on his short film, it became hugely important in shaping the actor's on-screen persona: the lonely, stone faced man thwarted by circumstance, inept at the art of romance, yet undaunted in his struggle for love within a chaotic world. Keaton stars as Bertie Van Alstyne, the pampered son of a powerful Wall Street financier (William H. Crane). Having known no other lifestyle but privilege, he wanders through a variety of misadventures - an attempt of courtship, a trip to an illegal gambling den, and a tumble onto the floor of the Stock Exchange - oblivious to the obstacles that stand before him.

Product Details

  • Starring: Buster Keaton, William H. Crane, Carol Holloway, Beulah Booker, Edward Connelly, Edward Jobson
  • Format: Black & White, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Rating: Not Rated
  • Label: Kino Lorber
  • Run Time: 77 minutes
  • Catalogue #: 978

Special Features

  • Complete Alternate Version Of The Saphead, Comprised Entirely Of Variant Takes and Camera Angles
  • A Pair Of Sapheads, An Eight Minute Featurette comparing The Two Versions Of The Film
  • "Buster Keaton: Life Of The Party," A Rare Audio Recording From 1962, In Which Keaton Recalls The Memories and Songs of his Vaudeville Youth, Amid an Intimate Gathering of Friends
  • Gallery Of Personal Photographs From Keaton's Childhood Vaudeville
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