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What's Old: Our Hospitality

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Because of space limitations, our print edition can't accommodate as many Critic's Choice boxes for older films as it once did. So welcome to "What's Old," a new weekly post in which I'll try to showcase the week's best revival. This week it's the Buster Keaton comedy Our Hospitality (1923), which screens tonight as part of the Silent Film Society of Chicago's annual summer festival, with live organ accompaniment by Michael Jacklin.

Our Hospitality was Keaton's first genuine feature (The Three Ages, released earlier that year, was really just three shorts slapped together), and it climaxes in one of his most hair-raising stunts, a daring rescue at the edge of a waterfall. It was also Keaton's first exercise in Americana, which would flower in two of his greatest movies, The General (1927) and Steamboat Bill, Jr. (1928).

The screening takes place tonight at 8 PM at the Portage Theater, 4050 N. Milwaukee; tickets are $12. Here's a nice little clip from the film, decked out with a tune by Daft Punk.

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