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The Carsey-Wolf Center is delighted to present a special centennial screening of the 1923 Buster Keaton slapstick classic Our Hospitality, featuring live piano accompaniment by pianist and composer Michael Mortilla. The story centers around Willie McKay (Buster Keaton), a young man from New York who inherits his family’s estate in the rural South. Before he departs to claim the property, Willie learns that his family has been embroiled in a bitter, generations-long feud with the Canfield family. Keaton’s satirical send-up of the real-life Hatfield–McCoy feud follows. Willie navigates the comedic intricacies of the feud and develops a romance with Virginia (Natalie Talmadge), a member of the Canfield family. The film features daring rescues, a runaway train sequence, and the inventive gags and stunts that have made Buster Keaton an icon across generations.

After the screening, Michael Mortilla will join Charles Wolfe (Film and Media Studies, UCSB) for a discussion of the art of providing live accompaniment for a silent film.

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