Monday, July 5, 2010

The Big Business of Short, Funny Films

You won't want to miss "The Big Business of Short, Funny Films," a special Saturday morning (July 17) program and this year's "Director's Pick" at the upcoming Silent Film Festival. In it, Academy Award winning Pixar Director Pete Docter (Up, Monster's Inc, etc...) will presents a selection of hilarious short films - some of the funniest moments in cinema - and all in glorious 35mm! The program will also include an onstage interview with Docter and Leonard Maltin. One the menu are

The Cook
Directed By: Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle
USA, 1918, 22 min
Fatty Arbuckle and Buster Keaton are physical comedians whose styles and physiognomies could not have been more different, and they complement each other brilliantly! Set in a restaurant where Fatty’s the cook and Buster’s the waiter, the inspired duo seem to be having the time of their lives — and the feeling’s contagious! Also in the cast are Al St. John and Alice Lake.

Pass the Gravy
Directed By: Fred Guiol, Leo McCarey
USA, 1928, 22 min

A sheer delight, Pass the Gravy trades on the comic device of feuding neighbors and turns up the heat. Neighbors Shultz (Bert Sprotte) and Max Davidson call for detente when their children fall in love. But when Shultz’s prize rooster ends up on Davidson’s dinner table for the couple’s engagement party… Pass the Gravy was inducted into the National Film Registry in 1998. Also in the cast are Martha Sleeper and Spec O'Donnell.

Big Business
Directed By: Leo McCarey, James W. Horne
USA, 1929, 18 min

The tagline to this Laurel & Hardy treasure is “The story of man who turned the other cheek and got punched in the nose.” That rather understates the hilarious mayhem of this sidesplitting short that was also inducted into the National Film Registry ( in 1992).

This program is made possible through special support provided by The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences. Celebrated musician Dennis James will accompany each film.

Following the program, Docter and Maltin will be signing books and DVDs on the Castro mezzanine. Pete Docter will be signing copies of The Art of Up (Chronicle Books) and DVDs of his films. Leonard Maltin will be signing copies of the recently released books including Leonard Maltin's Classic Movie Guide: From the Silent Era Through 1965 (Plume) and Leonard Maltin's 151 Best Movies You've Never Seen (HarperStudio).

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