Our Hospitality


by Carl Davis

Metro (1924) Director: John G. Blystone
Silent Film
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Commissioned by Thames Television
First Performance
(video recording) 1984

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Programme Notes
Starring: Buster Keaton, Natalie Talmadge Director: John G. Blystone Production company: Metro USA, 1924 Duration: 74 minutes Film Print: tinted print available from Photoplay Productions (Film Speed: 22 frames per second) Recorded for Video Premiere with Davis's score: 1998, The Royal Concert Hall. Glasgow 18 Players: l(=picc).l(=ca).2(I=bcl.II=fl).l - 1110 - pno(=harmonium) - strings (mm Our Hospitality has a more sophisticated plot and greater comic subtlety than many of Keaton's better-known films. It opens with a dramatic prologue showing a 19th-century family feud - and develops into an enchanting comedy-thriller involving truly astonishing stunts. There is a surprising emphasis on period authenticity. The depiction of 19th-century New York City will be hilarious to contemporary inhabitants of the metropolis, and for the long railway journey which forms the centrepiece of the film (and from which a surprising amount of comic mileage is drawn) a precise reproduction of an early locomotive was used. l(eaton's wife, Natalie, the sister of the celebrated stars Norma and Constance Talmadge, plays the female lead, his son is the baby and his father plays the engine driver.

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