FATTY + BUSTER: The Comique World of Fatty Arbuckle and Buster Keaton

Live musical accompaniment by Donald Sosin


Castro Theatre Sat, Dec 7, 2019 11:00 AM
Castro Theatre Tue, Feb 4, 2020 12:00 PM
Castro Theatre Wed, Feb 5, 2020 1:00 PM
Film Info
Director:Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle
Cast:Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle
Buster Keaton
Total Run Time:70 min.


Roscoe “Fatty” Arbuckle was the preeminent film comedian of the 1910s. From the age of eight he appeared on stage as an acrobat and a clown and started his film career in 1913. By 1914, he had not only appeared in hundreds of Keystone comedies, but began directing the one-reelers. In 1917, he and producer Joseph M. Schenck formed the Comique Film Corporation—whose films were released through Famous Players—and Arbuckle became one of the highest-paid men in Hollywood. Arbuckle mentored Charlie Chaplin and discovered Buster Keaton, but his comedic brilliance has been overshadowed by the scandal that ended his career. These three sparkling shorts demonstrate a striking chemistry between Arbuckle and Keaton. Watching the two geniuses collaborate: a thing of beauty. The program includes THE COOK (1918, d. Roscoe Arbuckle), GOOD NIGHT, NURSE (1918, d. Roscoe Arbuckle), and THE GARAGE (1919, d. Roscoe Arbuckle).

Live musical accompaniment by Donald Sosin

Prints (DCP) from Lobster Films, Paris


Copresented by Exploratorium, SF Sketchfest