Buster Keaton comedy ‘Seven Chances’ (1925) on Sunday, Feb. 12 at Aeronaut Brewery

Valentine’s Day celebration features classic silent film romantic farce with live music

SOMERVILLE, Mass.—When words aren’t enough, why not let a silent movie do the talking?

That’s the idea behind a Valentine’s Day silent film program on Sunday, Feb. 12 at 7 p.m. at the Aeronaut Brewing Co., 14 Tyler St., Somerville.
‘Seven Chances’ (1925), a classic Buster Keaton romantic comedy, will be shown with live music by silent film accompanist Jeff Rapsis.
The program includes a Keaton comedy short preceding ‘Seven Chances,’ one of Keaton’s classic full-length feature comedies.
Admission is $10 per person. Tickets are available online at http://www.eventbrite.com; search on “Aeronaut Brewery.”
Acclaimed for their originality and clever visual gags, Keaton’s films remain popular crowd-pleasers today.
Keaton never smiled on camera, earning him the nickname of “the Great Stone Face.” But his comedies rocked Hollywood’s silent era with laughter throughout the 1920s.
In ‘Seven Chances,’ adapted from a stage play, the story finds Buster about to inherit $7 million if he’s married by 7 p.m. on his 27th birthday—which is that very day!
Buster’s hurried attempts to tie the knot go awry, but then a newspaper story changes the game, creating an avalanche of would-be brides who chase Buster as he searches for his one true love before the deadline.
‘Seven Chances’ was the first screen adaptation of the now-familiar story, since used in movies ranging from the Three Stooges in ‘Brideless Groom’ (1947) to Gary Sinyor’s ‘The Bachelor’ (1999) starring Chris O’Donnell and Renee Zellwinger.
The screening is part of the Aeronaut’s commitment to give local artists and audiences a chance to connect in the brewery’s performance space.
“We envision our pre-Valentine’s Day event as a throwback to the days when people celebrated by getting together as a community,” said Christine Platzek of Aeronaut, a craft brewery that opened in 2014.
Just as beer aficionados appreciate a good hand-crafted brew, movie-goers are rediscovering the joys of silent cinema presented as it was intended: on a big screen, with live music, and with an audience.
“If you can put all the original elements together, the films of early Hollywood still come to life,” said Rapsis, a silent film accompanist who performs frequently at the Aeronaut. “These are the films that caused people to first fall in love with the movies.”
Buster Keaton stands today as one of the silent screen’s great clowns. Some critics regard Keaton as the best of all; Roger Ebert wrote in 2002 that “in an extraordinary period from 1920 to 1929, (Keaton) worked without interruption on a series of films that make him, arguably, the greatest actor-director in the history of the movies.”
As a performer, Keaton was uniquely suited to the demands of silent comedy. Born in 1895, he made his stage debut as a toddler, joining his family’s knockabout vaudeville act and learning to take falls and do acrobatic stunts at an early age.
A remarkable pantomime artist, Keaton naturally used his whole body to communicate emotions from sadness to surprise. And in an era with no post-production special effects, Keaton’s acrobatic talents enabled him to perform all his own stunts, including some spectacular examples in ‘Seven Chances.’
“We felt a vintage silent film program with live music would be a great way to create Valentine’s Day memories,” Platzek said. “We encourage everyone to join us, whether you’re on a date or on your own. We’ll all end up laughing together!”
‘Seven Chances’ (1925) starring Buster Keaton will be shown on Sunday, Feb. 12 at 7 p.m. at the Aeronaut Brewing Co., 14 Tyler St., Somerville, Mass. Admission is $10 per person. Tickets are available online at http://www.eventbrite.com; search on “Aeronaut Brewery.” For more info about Aeronaut Brewing, visit http://www.aeronautbrewing.com. For more information about the music, visit http://www.jeffrapsis.com.
Below are the links to the Facebook page and EventBrite page:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/buster-keaton-silent-film-screen-w-live-music-tickets-31412761415

https://www.facebook.com/events/1205402839513571/

CAPTION A:

Buster Keaton (center) ponders how to find a bride before sundown in ‘Seven Chances’ (1925), a classic silent comedy to be screened with live music on Sunday, Feb. 12 at 7 p.m. at the Aeronaut Brewery, 14 Tyler St. (near Union Square), Somerville, Mass. Admission is $10 per person. Tickets are available online at http://www.eventbrite.com; search on “Aeronaut Brewery.” For more info about the Aeronaut, visit http://www.aeronautbrewing.com. (Courtesy Photo)


CAPTION B:

Buster Keaton checks the time in ‘Seven Chances’ (1925), a classic silent comedy to be screened with live music on Sunday, Feb. 12 at 7 p.m. at the Aeronaut Brewery, 14 Tyler St. (near Union Square), Somerville, Mass. Admission is $10 per person. Tickets are available online at http://www.eventbrite.com; search on “Aeronaut Brewery.” For more info about the Aeronaut, visit http://www.aeronautbrewing.com. (Courtesy Photo)


CAPTION C:

Buster Keaton amid a sea of would-be brides in ‘Seven Chances’ (1925), a classic silent comedy to be screened with live music on Sunday, Feb. 12 at 7 p.m. at the Aeronaut Brewery, 14 Tyler St. (near Union Square), Somerville, Mass. Admission is $10 per person. Tickets are available online at http://www.eventbrite.com; search on “Aeronaut Brewery.” For more info about the Aeronaut, visit http://www.aeronautbrewing.com. (Courtesy Photo)
For more info, contact:

Jeff Rapsis • (603) 236-9237 • jeffrapsis@gmail.comhttp://www.jeffrapsis.com

Additional high-resolution digital images available upon request.

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