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Poster of the Festival


Cine-concert - Burlesques in Madness

running time: 58mn
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Edward F. Cline, Buster Keaton
1920 - United States - Fiction - 18mn
With Buster Keaton, Edward F. Cline, Jack Duffy, The Flying Escalantes, Virginia Fox

Malec's neighbour sends him a note through the fence saying “I love you”. Malec sends back a note confirming his love for her but it is picked up by the girl's father who is surprised by his wife who gives him a lot of grief and pushes the note back through the fence, just when Malec's mother is passing by as she is surprised by her husband with the compromising message …
Produced in 1920, The Neighbor is a burlesque version of Romeo and Juliet. Two families are involved in fence warfare, but their children are in love and decide to get married against all odds. Everything goes fast, a festival of chases, stunts, and slapstick. But although the story reigns supreme, Keaton is increasingly careful about the visual aspect of his films and creates what was to become the signature of his films: symmetry in the shot, mathematics in space, and athletic stunts (Institut Lumière).
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The Blacksmith

Buster Keaton, Malcolm St. Clair
1922 - United States - Fiction - 21mn
With Buster Keaton, Virginia Fox, Joe Roberts

A brutal musclebound blacksmith turns up when his employee Malec is cooking eggs
on the fire at the forge…

The Blacksmith is one of Buster Keaton's final shorts. Various different versions
have recently been discovered, some with new scenes and others that are shot
differently. Keaton shows great inventiveness in the many gags, all of which are
excellent. The gags with the dirty oil are reminiscent of
The Garage (1920), one of
the last shorts he made with Fatty Arbuckle.

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Big Business

James W. Horne, Leo McCarey
1929 - United States - Fiction - 19mn
With Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, James Finlayson, Charlie Hall, Retta Palmer, Tiny Sandford, Lyle Tayo

Stan and Ollie (Laurel and Hardy) are selling Christmas trees door-to-door in California. After two refusals they ring at a third person's door. When they are invite in the Christmas tree sticks in the door and they have to ring again. The situation soon goes downhill …
An eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth, a wing mirror for a geranium … Laurel and Hardy reduce the house to dust while the owner takes their car apart. Things come to a head when Hardy uses a spade to play baseball with the China ornaments that Laurel throws to him …