The Saphead

1920, U.S., 85m, 2K DCP

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Screened December 7, 2022

This 1920 comedy marked Buster Keaton’s feature-length debut, launching his career as a leading funnyman. Cast on the recommendation of silent film superstar Douglas Fairbanks (who had played the role on Broadway), Keaton plays Bertie Van Alstyne, the would-be-wastrel son of the richest man in New York. After being disowned by his father, Bertie is forced to make his own way in the world. One thing leads to another and Bertie winds up on the trading room floor with the family reputation at stake.

Restored by Cineteca di Bologna at L’Immagine Ritrovata Laboratory in Association with Cohen Film Collection.


A film by Herbert Blaché Winchell Smith

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