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What Are You Doing, Buster?

There’s a classic moment from the silent film era that’s ingrained in our collective memory. Sure, you may not know that it’s Buster Keaton in the scene, or that it’s from the full-length comedy Steamboat Bill Jr., but you’d recognize it nonetheless. A man is standing in front of an old building during a storm when the front of the house falls forward, and it would crush the actor were it not for a tiny open window that his body threads through. It’s a classic gag, and one of Keaton’s best — which is saying quite a bit for the king of physical humor. Steamboat Bill Jr. is one of the last films Keaton had full creative control over, and you can tell. From how the camera carries from bit to bit to the charming way he underdogs the thing, this is a classic. You can see it at 7 p.m. Sunday when the Lord of Life Lutheran Church (3601 W. 15th St., Plano) screens it, for free, with an organ accompaniment. Assuming your stigmata doesn’t act up, that’s one heck of a deal. Visit lol-plano.org.
Sun., Jan. 12, 2014

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