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Maryville Talks Movies: Go West
September 27, 2018 @ 6:15 pm
Maryville Talks Movies brings together students and the St. Louis community to watch and discuss significant films in a variety of genres. This week’s film will be Go West, which was released in 1925. Assistant Professor Jess Bowers will introduce the movie and then, after the viewing, lead a presentation and/or Q&A session.
Silent era auteur and physical comedy legend, Buster Keaton, stars in the classic tale of a young man who goes west to find his fortune, but befriends a cow named Brown Eyes who ends up changing his life. Buster Keaton was a highly creative and still under sung director. Film historian David Thomson calls Go West a masterpiece of the moving camera,” and many Keaton scholars agree that the climactic cattle drive from the train depot in Pasadena through the downtown streets of Los Angeles and into the stockyards is one of the silent comedian’s greatest sequences in his films. This year’s presentation will feature a musical score performed live by The Rats and People Motion Picture Orchestra.