Buster Keaton stars in ‘Our Hospitality’ in Danbury

  • Buster Keaton and Natalie Talmadge star in “Our Hospitality” (1923), a classic silent comedy film presented by the Blazing Star Grange with live music by Jeff Rapsis on March 23 at 7 p.m. at the historic Blazing Star Grange Hall, 15 North Road, in Danbury. The show is open to the public with suggested $5 donation. Courtesy

Published: 3/14/2019 5:47:55 PM

Buster Keaton’s comedies rocked Hollywood’s silent era with laughter throughout the 1920s, and remain popular crowd-pleasers today. See for yourself with a screening of Our Hospitality (1923), one of Keaton’s landmark features, on March 23 at 7 p.m. at the historic Blazing Star Grange Hall, 15 North Road in Danbury. The show is open to the public with suggested $5 donation.

Our Hospitality, a period comedy set in the 1830s, tells the story of a young man (Keaton) raised in New York City but unknowingly at the center of a long-running backwoods family feud. Highlights of the picture include Keaton’s extended journey on a vintage train of the era, as well as a dramatic river rescue scene that climaxes the film. The screening will feature live accompaniment by Jeff Rapsis, a New Hampshire-based composer who specializes in creating scores for silent films.

The Grange’s screening of ‘Our Hospitality’ aims to show early movies as they were meant to be seen – in high quality prints, on a large screen, with live music, and with an audience. “All those elements are important parts of the silent film experience,” said Rapsis, who will improvise a musical score for Our Hospitality. “Recreate those conditions, and the classics of early Hollywood leap back to life. They featured great stories with compelling characters and universal appeal, so it’s no surprise that they hold up and we still respond to them.”

Our Hospitality will be shown on March 23 at 7 p.m. at the historic Blazing Star Grange Hall, 15 North Road in Danbury. The show is open to the public with suggested $5 donation.




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