Sunday, March 1, 2015

Cineteca di Bologna announces a multi-year project to restore Buster Keaton works

Big news for fans of Buster Keaton....

After dedicating over a decade to Charlie Chaplin's films and archive, Cineteca di Bologna and l'Immagine Ritrovata have announced they will restore Buster Keaton's silent films. The first restorations will be presented next summer in Bologna during the XXIX edition of Il Cinema Ritrovato Film Festival.

The unforgettable works of another great master of silent cinema will be brought to life again thanks to Cineteca di Bologna and Cohen Film Collection at L'Immagine Ritrovata laboratory in Bologna: after devoting more than a decade to Charles Chaplin, now Buster Keaton's entire silent works will be the focus of a multi-year restoration project which will allow audiences from around the world to rediscover Buster Keaton's genius.

The first restorations of the Keaton Project, launched and promoted by Cineteca di Bologna and Cohen Film Collection, will be presented during next edition of Il Cinema Ritrovato festival (June 27th through July 4th): the 1920 short comedy One Week, which encapsulates perfectly the American collective imagination of prefabricated housing and Sherlock Jr. made in 1924 and listed in by the "Time" as one of the best 100 films ever.

Louise Brooks admired Buster Keaton (a fellow Kansas-native), and wrote about him.

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