Steamboat Bill, Jr. (1929, Buster Keaton / Charles Reisner)

Large steamboat bill

Due to the popularity of last year's Buster Keaton screening, we bring you another of the the comic genius's masterpieces, in a beautiful new restoration, and once more featuring the live accompaniment of one of the country’s leading modern jazz pianists and Herts Jazz Club favourite, Gareth Williams.

STEAMBOAT BILL, JR. was Buster Keaton's last independent silent comedy and also one of his best. The captain of a paddle steamer, William "Steamboat Bill" Canfield, eagerly awaits the arrival of his college student son, whom he has not seen since the lad was a baby. Expecting a big, husky man like himself he is sorely disappointed with his slight, awkward offspring (Buster Keaton). This hilarious film features some of Buster's most daring and famous stunts. As one critic says: "Boasts the most astonishing and indelible images in Keaton's body of work, and some of the best moments in movie history… wildly inventive, increasingly audacious stunts."

Gareth Williams is one of the most intensely creative, dynamic and exciting jazz pianists on the UK scene, and has been receiving increasing critical and public acclaim since becoming a professional musician in the early 90s. Dave Gelly in The Observer described Gareth as ‘A prodigiously talented pianist… he brings a joyous, uncompromising celebration of sophistication, musicality, muscularity, he’s shockingly good’. Gareth will bring technical virtuosity and versatility, and a keen sense of humour, to his unique interpretation of Keaton’s classic film.

Presented in collaboration with the Cambridge Film Festival and Screen St Ives.

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Herts Jazz 2021 Film Festival

Friday September 27, 7:30pm

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