Slapstick 2018

Keaton: The MGM Years U Sold Out

Keaton: The MGM Years

Historian and director Kevin Brownlow presents a fascinating insight into Buster Keaton’s onscreen career at MGM studios including a screening of his own 2004 documentary So Funny it Hurt: Buster Keaton and MGM.

In this fascinating film Kevin examines Keaton’s successes and struggles to achieve his Hollywood dream. Chronicling the comedian's MGM period which lasted only five years, it shows his artistic compromise with the studio, money and relationship troubles and his growing dependency on alcohol as he attempts to adjust to the arrival of the talkies. Featuring fascinating rare footage, it includes interviews with Buster himself and narration by Keaton’s colleague and friend, the actor James Karen.