Buster Keaton Shorts Coming to San Fran Intl. Film Fest

It’s always good to laugh, and an evening of Buster Keaton, with live accompaniment, should supply the entertainment.

I just got my first press release concerning this year’s San Francisco International Film Festival, which will run from April 19 through May 3. As is the festival’s custom, they leak several major events to the press before the big announcement.

This first leak concerns one of my favorite comic filmmakers, Buster Keaton. The festival will screen four of his short films—two that he made as a supporting actor for Fatty Arbuckle, and two of his own. The two Arbuckle movies are “Good Night, Nurse!” and “The Cook;” I haven’t seen either.  The Keaton treasures are “One Week” and “The Haunted House,” two of his best.

Merrill Garbus of tUnE-yArDs will accompany the shorts along with guitarist Ava Mendoza. I’m not familiar with either of them, and have no idea whether I will like their score. This could be a wonderful experience, such as when Dengue Fever accompanied Lost World in 2009. But it could be awful, like the 2010 event with Stephin Merritt ruining 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea.

Keaton and Garbus will take over the Castro on Monday, April 23, at 8:00.