37th Annual VIRGINIA FILM FESTIVAL Oct 30-Nov 3, 2024

37th Annual VIRGINIA FILM FESTIVAL October 30-November 3, 2024

The Great Buster

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In the wake of the restoration of Buster Keaton’s iconic silent features, noted film director Peter Bogdanovich provides a fresh perspective on the comedic brilliance Keaton delighted audiences with onscreen for so many years. This loving portrait offers a multi-dimensional understanding of Keaton as both a boisterous entertainer and polished filmmaker. Using academic scholars and industry figures intimately familiar with Keaton’s work, including Dick Van Dyke, the film offers a detailed account of Keaton’s journey to comedic success, though careful not to neglect the many personal demons and professional missteps he encountered along the way. Discussion with director Peter Bogdanovich (via live video conference), moderated by Ben Mankiewicz (Turner Classic Movies)

Supported by Light House Studio and Pepsi-Bottling Company of Central Virginia


Saturday, November 3


11:00 AM


St. Anne’s-Belfield School

Film Info

Director: Peter Bogdanovich.

Runtime: 102 min.

Genre: Documentaries

Year: 2018

Country: USA

Language: English

Featuring: Dick Van Dyke, Mel Brooks, Bill Hader, Werner Herzog, Buster Keaton, Nick Kroll.