Flip the switch on that time machine and let's go back to the 1920s, when Calvin Coolidge was president, ice cream cones cost a nickel and a hapless man in a pork-pie hat could outrun an avalanche of boulders. That's what happened in Seven Chances
, Buster Keaton's loser-must-marry-by-7-p.m.-to-get-his-inheritance comedy, one of six Keaton silents screening at the Aero's "Buster Keaton Weekend." Certifiable classics like The General
, Go West
and Sherlock Jr.
are on Friday and Saturday's schedule, but it's Sunday you'll regret if you miss: The Navigator
, with Keaton adrift at sea with the girl who spurned him, and Steamboat Bill Jr.
, a Mississippi riverboat ride gone awry, culminating in a cyclone and one of Keaton's most astonishing stunts. They don't make 'em like this anymore, kids. Without sound, I mean.
April 22-24, 2011
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