Seven Chances / Neighbors / Balloonatic (Silent)
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- Rated: Not Rated
- Run Time: 1 hours, 54 minutes
- Video: Black & White
- Released: January 11, 2000
- Originally Released: 1917
- Label: Kino Video
Performers, Cast and Crew:
|Starring||Buster Keaton, T. Roy Barnes & Snitz Edwards|
|Directed by||Buster Keaton|
Description by OLDIES.com:
Opening with a newly-restored Technicolor sequence, Seven Chances is a film often imitated but never rivaled for hilarity and visual virtuosity. Keaton stars as Jimmie Shannon, a romantically jinxed young man who must marry by 7:00 PM to inherit seven million dollars. While fate seems to thwart his efforts to woo the object of his true affection (Ruth Dwyer), public announcement of his strange predicament provides him with a throng of would-be brides who are aggressive in their pursuit of a husband, to say the least. In one of the most rousing, brilliantly choreographed sequences in Keaton's career, Shannon flees the avalanche of women while dodging the hostile forces of nature that seem to be conspiring against him (in the form of a colossal rockslide) during his manic dash to the altar.
Comedic courtship is further pursued in Neighbors, a 1920 short in which Buster tries to woo his tenement sweetheart in spite of the barriers that stand between them. Then, in The Balloonatic, Buster is carried by hot air from a cityside amusement park to the rustic country where -- in a series of delightfully inventive vignettes -- he ineptly struggles for survival and again somehow manages to stumble into romance.
This collection features some of Keaton's best-known and most popular works -- such as "The Navigator" -- as well as some rare gems like the early short "The Scarecrow", made with fellow comedian Fatty Arbuckle.
Each cassette contains one feature and two shorts -- creating a delightful comic program that captures Keaton's versatility and genius.
- The films in this collection were licensed by Kino from The Dardis Corporation under Gary Dartnell. The restoration was supervised by David Shepard of Film Preservation Associates. They have been digitally mastered and speed corrected.
- This collection consists of:
"The Navigator" (1924/feature)
"The Boat" (1921/short)
"The Love Nest" (1921/short)
"Seven Chances" (1925/feature)
"The Balloonatic" (1923/short)
"Go West" (1925/feature)
"The Scarecrow" (1920/short)
"The Paleface" (1921/short)
"Battling Butler" (1926/feature)
"The Haunted House" (1921/short)
"Frozen North" (1922/short)
- According to Kino, only "The Boat" and "The Balloonatic" have been released on video before.
- All films are in black-and-white, except for "Seven Chances." Its prologue is in two-strip Technicolor and was taken from original archive material.
- All digitally mastered from archive prints featuring original musical scores.
- Produced for video by David Shepard, Film Preservation Associates.
Movie Lovers' Ratings & Reviews:
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