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6 September 2015: The Frozen North + College


The Frozen North
Edward F. Cline, Buster Keaton
1922 | 23 min | B/W | 35mm

Buster Keaton uproariously lampoons the melodramas of William S. Hart, and the highly stylised and absurd conventions of Twenties Western epics, who finds himself in the frozen north, "last stop on the subway".

James W. Horne
1927 | 65 min | B/W | 35mm

When collegiate bookworm Keaton falls for a pretty co-ed who only has eye for jocks, he hits the playing fields in a series of wildly hilarious attempts to win her. At first he's all thumbs, but by the end of the picture, when he hears the campus bully is forcing himself upon her, Keaton jumps a pond, hurdles row after row of high bushes and pole-vaults through a second story window of the women's dorm to save her.

Part of our Buster Keaton season