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The Great Buster: A Celebration


The Great Buster: A Celebration

Our second film of the Fall 2019 Reel Movie Mondays season, THE GREAT BUSTER: A CELEBRATION screens October 21, 2019 at Carnival Cinemas

Directed by Peter Bogdanovich, Rated PG
USA | 102 minutes | English, MK2


In 1965, the year before his death, the Venice Film Festival gave a tribute to Buster Keaton where he received a five-minute standing ovation. In Peter Bogdanovich’s documentary The Great Buster: A Celebration, the director and film historian pays his own tribute to Keaton’s life and legacy, with a focus on the films he made independently before he signed on to a major studio, and how the introduction of sound changed cinema forever.

Bogdanovich sets out to remind us of the star’s influence and ingenuity through a combination of Bogdanovich’s narration, a series of interviews with filmmakers, collaborators, performers, and friends, and, of course, a cavalcade of spectacularly restored footage from Keaton’s films. From his birth, to his time on the vaudeville circuit, to his directing years, to what he called “the biggest mistake of his life,” The Great Buster tracks the highs and lows of Keaton’s professional and personal lives. The final third of the film is a study of the actor-director’s finest and most visionary creative period, citing his dark comedy, The General, as not only his finest work but also one of the best films in cinema history.

Director Werner Herzog may say it best in the film: “He is the essence of movies, one of the inventors of cinema.” Bogdanovich demonstrates this idea quite literally with a sequence featuring one of Keaton’s more daring stunts — his falling house bit, which has been repeated in film and television countless times. The Great Buster is an ode to this cinema legend and evidence that comedy can be timeless.

“Keaton and the era he symbolized is long gone, but this documentary reminds us that he lives forever.” —Moira Macdonald, The Seattle Times

Principal Cast: Mel Brooks, Quentin Tarantino, Werner Herzog, Dick Van Dyke, Johnny Knoxville


Advance Tickets available online (, at the Red Deer Museum + Art Gallery (MAG) 4525 47A Ave., Red Deer, AB., by phone 403-309-8405, or just click on the TICKETS AVAILABLE section of this event above for $10 tickets.

Single Tickets: $10 Regular/$8 MAG Member; NOTE AT THE DOOR TICKETS ARE $10 (No member or student discounts at the door, so buy early for the best price). Tickets can be purchased at the door on film nights beginning 1 hour before the film, based on availability.

Film Packages: Buy a Season Package to all 5 films for $45 regular and $35 for MAG Members, available until the first film night of the season (October 7, 2019). To buy tickets to all films click here

Not a MAG Member? Become a member to receive the member rate on your tickets.

Limited seating available. Films screen at 7pm on select Mondays at Carnival Cinemas Red Deer.

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