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Hello all! [Feb. 19th, 2009|03:04 pm]
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This is following up on the last post on here from teh esteemed writer of the play 'FILM' to let you all know that we are open and just got Pick of the Week from the LA Weekly!! The review is below (so is info on where to buy tickets for those of you who are in the LA area or would like to make a trip!

Watch the talkback we had with actor with James Karen (longtime friend of Buster Keaton who was in the movie 'Film') here!

Full LA Weekly Review:

Failing Better
The Absurdists' convention

Local playwright Patrick McGowan's new play, Film, has no right to be as good as it is. The central character is the late theater director Alan Schneider (Bill Robens) -- known for staging some of the best plays by Absurdist authors, including Edward Albee's Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? on Broadway, and introducing almost all of Samuel Beckett's plays to the American stage. Film has no right to be so good because Schneider, in this play, is an insufferable, flailing bully. The play is Schneider's nightmare -- an Absurdist nightmare, naturally -- a comedy and inexplicably scintillating entertainment about artistic failure. This biographical story, set in 1965 New York, features Schneider trying to make a film from a screenplay by Samuel Beckett (Phil Ward), who has come to New York to work with Schneider. Joining them to star in the slogging, portentous film, also named Film (now regarded by some historians as a "masterpiece") is Beckett's favorite comedian, Buster Keaton (Carl J. Johnson), long past his prime, spiritually at ease with his station in life, and willing to play along with the clueless intellectuals and a film crew whose patience gets sorely tested. Ward's Beckett is a delightfully rueful, awkward and solitary figure, aching in vain (of course) for the affections of the star-struck yet savvy prop mistress (the lovely Deana Barone). Johnson's Keaton (Mandi Moss handily plays the comedian in his younger days) has a pleasingly bemused perspective on Schneider's temper tantrums. Framing the story are slivers of Waiting for Godot in both French and English, and, in another nod to Beckett, a vaudeville in front of a curtain, featuring a kind of Mutt and Jeff routine, here played out by Schneider and the source of his envy, director Mike Nichols (who grabbed the job directing the movie of Virginia Woolf), portrayed here as a figure of rare competence by Trevor H. Olsen. Despite his production being slightly too long, director Trevor Biship knows exactly what he's doing, astutely staging the action (with supplementary archived film clips of Keaton in his prime) on Sarah Palmrose's emblematic set of a stage within a stage within a stage, each with its own curtain, and together depicting the multiple, clashing realities inside Schneider's tormented brain. Theatre of NOTE, 1517 Cahuenga Blvd., Hollywood; Fri.-Sat., 8 p.m.; Sun., 7 p.m.; through March 21. (323) 856-8611.

--Steven Leigh Morris

Or read the review here!

Buy Tickets Online here! Ask me about discount tickets we have available!

<3 - Mandi
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Buster Keaton [Dec. 29th, 2008|10:52 pm]
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This play is premiering at Theatre of Note in Hollywood, Ca. on February 13th, 2009. The theatre is just blocks away from Buster Keaton's movie studio and we think our actual building can be seen in Buster's film "Daydreams". The play is a comedy about the events surrounding Buster's involvement in the film, "Film" written by Samuel Beckett. It is an ambitious and rollicking piece of theatre which includes clips from Buster's classics, original films, vaudeville, dance and straight forward comedy.


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Help! In What movie Appear White Mouses and a Piano? [Feb. 20th, 2008|07:21 am]
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I have a question about a movie I have no idea:

I have a friend who need to know the tittle of a movie he watched it has a lot of time, when he was a kid. The only reference he can give me is that in the movie appeared two guys who - he doesn't remember by which reason -, filled a house with lot of mouses. It seems that all the animals went up and down by all the house and even inside a piano (the piano scene is what he remembers the best). He saysalso  he is nearly sure the guys weren't Laurel & Hardy. He is not sure even if it is a silent movie or an early talkie. He don't knows if it is a short of a long movie either. I know I don't give you very much information really. Not that bad as a challenge, eh?

I had several thoughts: There are mice in a Charley Bowers movie and I remember something with mouses in a Max Linder short but I have to admit I have a mess in my memory now.

Thank you very much for any information you can give me.
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Harry Langdon on You Tube [May. 17th, 2007|07:53 pm]
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Just thought I would mention that there are a couple of Harry Langdon's on YouTube at the moment, including The First Hundred Years and Goodness a Ghost (a talkie from 1940).


This was the first time that I heard Harry speak and I love his voice.

I'm just wild about Harry

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Buster Keaton Icons! [Mar. 12th, 2007|08:44 pm]
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So last weekend was my relaxing few days after midterms before school kicks back in, and I spent it getting to know Buster Keaton a lot better.  I decided to top off the weekend with some icon-making, so here they are, free for all to use!  Most of these are from screenshots and images I found browsing the memories of silentbuster.  (There's 26, by the way.)

Cross-posted to silentbuster, about a week ago.  Sorry if you saw this already.  :)

A few teasers, then the rest behind a cut:


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Newbie [Jan. 15th, 2007|10:33 pm]
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I'm new here and thought I would introduce myself. Obviously another Buster Nut and a payed up card carrying Damfino too. I also like Harry Langdon and would like to know more about him, I have the Kino Videos, but that is all at the moment. I also enjoy Roscoe Arbuckle and Chaplin too. I've only ever seen one Lloyd so I can't comment too much on him. I like the look of Max Lindner but again have only seen one of his sorts. I've been thinking about getting the Charley Bowers collection but they will have to wait a little while. The little of Mabel Normand that I have seen I enjoy, but mostly they are the really early Normand/Arbuckle Sennets that I have seen. I also like Laurel and Hardy. My collection of silents is quite small, but I have all of Keaton's silents, including his with Arbuckle and many of his talkies, a lot of Chaplin, one of Lloyds, some Normand. I would also like to see some Snub Pollard.
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Keaton icons...? [Jan. 7th, 2007|06:32 pm]
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Hi everyone!  I am new to the wonders that is This Fandom, and I'm looking for some Buster Keaton icons.  I've seen some great ones being used in the previous posts in the community, but I thought I would put up a request instead of just taking them so I know which I have permission to use and which I don't.  ;)  Thank you!
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Silent Film Calendar... [Oct. 20th, 2006|03:09 am]
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It's October, and time for the annual alt.movies.silent calendar / fundraiser...

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Note: I have no connection with this calendar beyond buying a few every year.

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my friends school project...that i wrote, directed, and edited.. [Jul. 31st, 2006|07:24 am]
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A New Community for People who Admire Bricolo [Feb. 25th, 2006|07:50 pm]
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Because there is no community for Charley Bowers, I decided to do so...enjoy... bricolo_bowers
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