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Buster Keaton’s “The Cameraman”

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“The Cameraman”

4 p.m. Sunday, July 22

Peace Lutheran Church, 828 W. Main St., Grass Valley

Admission is free

Info: 530-273-9631 or PeaceLutheranGV.org

 

“The Cameraman” – Buster Keaton’s greatest film, with live music by Walt Strony

Silent Movies with Walt Strony lets you experience Keaton’s 1928 classic the way silent film was meant to be.

Experience the on-screen emotion and action heightened by Walt Strony’s live, world-class organ performance. The usually deadpan Keaton called this his “pet” project, showing unusual emotion. Many critics consider “The Cameraman” to be Keaton’s greatest film.

The nationally acclaimed Strony plans to highlight the comedy by contrasting it with authentic silent movie-era music. Listen for less-familiar selections from Ponchielli’s “Dance of the Hours” and Ketèlbey’s “In a Chinese Temple Garden.”

“The music is very campy,” Strony promised. “This is pure comedy.”

Keaton portrays a love-struck newsreel cameraman trying to break into the biz. Memorable scenes include a hilarious episode in a beachside changing room, a furious tong war and antics by an organ-grinder’s monkey.

This free performance -- any donations will be accepted gratefully. A free wine-and-cheese reception follows.

Silent Movies with Walt Strony is a production of Arts @ PEACE.