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Spotlight: Buster Keaton with live accompaniment at Sheldon Theatre

Buster Keaton was a legend in the silent film era. A host of silence comedies will play at the Sheldon Theatre on the hour Sunday, Oct. 14, 2018. That also in the second day of the Red Wing Arts' Fall Festival. Hollywood publicity photo

Looking for a reason to laugh?

On Sunday, the late, great Buster Keaton will grace the Sheldon Theatre's big screen. Red Wing organist Tom Erickson will accompany the silent film star's antics on the Kilgen organ with sound effects, percussion, and pipes.

Selected short films will show on the hour, starting at 10 a.m. Admission is free; donations are encouraged. 

Keaton was born Oct. 4, 1895, and became a famous American actor, comedian, director, producer and screenwriter. He was best known for combining comedy with extraordinary physical feats.

His films included "The General," "Neighbors," "Our Hospitality" and "The Navigator." At the height of his career, he worked without interruption from 1920-1929 on a series of films that film critic Roger Ebert said made him the greatest actor-director in the history of movies.

"No silent star did more dangerous stunts than Buster Keaton," Ebert wrote in 2002. "Instead of using doubles, he himself doubled for some of his actors, doing their stunts as well as his own."

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