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BUSTER AND JACKIE

September at the Trylon

Forty years ago, when Jackie Chan first stunned moviegoers with his death-defying stunts, few recognized that he was reproducing ones performed by his silent-screen idol, Buster Keaton. As Keaton so elegantly showed, action is more exciting and humor is funnier when the two are paired. Though Buster was a singular comedian, he was also perhaps cinema’s greatest stunt coordinator, while Chan, famed as a martial artist, is a brilliant comedian, too.

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Starts Fri, September 3

THREE AGES

(1923, DCP, 63m) dir Edward F. Cline and Keaton w/Margaret Leahy, Wallace Beery. In his first feature-length film, Keaton shows the perils and hilarity of love via a trio of historical eras—adding some of his most spectacular stunts into the bargain. With live musical accompaniment by Dreamland Faces. FRI/SAT 7:00 SUN 3:00 $12

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Starts Fri, September 3

PROJECT A

(1983, DCP, 105m, Cantonese w/English subtitles) dir Chan and Sammo Kam-Bo Hung w/Hung, Yuen Biao. At the turn of the 20th century, pirates control Hong Kong’s port. Coast Guard Sergeant Dragon Ma Lung (Chan) is determined to make things right. Project A, Chan’s love letter to silent film, boasts homages to many of the classics.  FRI/SAT 8:30 SUN 4:30

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Starts Fri, September 10

SPITE MARRIAGE

(1929, DCP, 76m) dir Edward Sedgwick and Keaton w/Dorothy Sebastian, Edward Earle. Elmer (Keaton) is about to marry his favorite actress (Sebastian). Unbeknownst to him, the wedding is a ploy to make her ex-boyfriend jealous. Keaton’s last silent film is a triumph of wit and charm. With live musical accompaniment by Dreamland Faces. FRI/SAT 7:00 SUN 3:00 $12

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Starts Fri, September 10

DRUNKEN MASTER II

(1994, 35mm, 102m, Cantonese w/English subtitles) dir Chia-Liang Liu and Chan w/Ho-Sung Pak, Lung Ti. Wong Fei-hung (Chan) must stop thieves from stealing precious Chinese treasures, but his pacifist father is against him using his martial arts skills to do so. Confusingly released with two different titles, Drunken Master II has never managed to find a large audience. We aim to change that. FRI/SAT 8:45 SUN 4:45

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Starts Fri, September 17

SNAKE IN THE EAGLE’S SHADOW

(1978, 35mm, 90m, dubbed in English) dir Woo-Ping Yuen w/Siu-Tin Yuen, Jang-Lee Hwang. Orphan Chien Fu (Chan) is mistreated at his kung fu school until an old beggar teaches him the snake’s fist technique. A Chan breakout film, Snake showcases his brilliant physical gags and martial arts prowess. FRI/SAT 9:30 SUN 5:30 $8  SPECIAL PROGRAM (109m): Snake in the Eagle’s Shadow, preceded by Keaton’s short The Scarecrow (1920). With live musical accompaniment by Dreamland Faces. FRI/SAT 7:00 SUN 3:00 $12

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Starts Fri, September 24

SHERLOCK JR. 

(1924, DCP, 45m) dir Keaton w/Kathryn McGuire, Joe Keaton. A film projectionist (Keaton) longs to be a detective and win the heart of a girl (McGuire). Keaton’s choreography and comedic ingenuity make this one of the great films of all time. With live musical accompaniment by Dreamland Faces. FRI/SAT 7:00 SUN 3:00 $12

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Starts Fri, September 24

RUMBLE IN THE BRONX

(1995, DCP, 87m, dubbed in English) dir Stanley Tong w/Anita Mui, Françoise Yip. Keung (Chan) arrives in New York to visit his uncle, but he soon must use his martial arts skills to take on a street gang running a protection racket. Shot in (mostly unconvincing) Vancouver, Rumble made Chan an international superstar. FRI/SAT 8:30 SUN 4:30

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