Wednesday, July 29

Showtime: 7:30 PM

Chautauqua Auditorium

$12.00 ($6.00 Concert Member & children under 12)

The first feature Buster Keaton wrote, directed, produced and starred in, the 1923 “Three Ages” is a brilliant historical satire. Structured like three inter-cut short films, “Three Ages” is a silent comedy of epic proportions, teeming with inventive flourishes. It is a clever parody of D. W. Griffith’s “Intolerance” and follows the hard-luck romantic adventures of a man throughout world history: from the dawn of man in the Stone Age, through the gladiatorial arenas of Ancient Rome, to the city streets of the American Jazz Era.

The ancient stories are flavored with bits of modern comedy including the spare tire with which Keaton repairs his chariot and the home run that he scores against an angry caveman. Keaton not only won raucous laughter from the audience but forged an original approach to history, humor, and cinema.

Also featured: Buster Keaton’s short, “One Week.” Total running time: 88 minutes