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Toronto Silent Film Festival 2013: The 1000 Laffs Slapstick Smorgasbord Delivers the Goofs

7 April 2013 11:02 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Sunday’s Toronto Silent Film Festival screening brought together five sight-gag laden comedy shorts handpicked by programmer Chris Seguin. This wild and quazy quintet covered a lot of banana peel-littered ground, showcasing a very nice cross section of silent comedy immortals and candidates for rediscovery. The event benefited immensely from its venue (the nearly 100-year old Fox Theatre, which still has its washrooms inside the cinema) and the accompaniment of jazz notable Fern Lindzon, who worked a number of ironic pop melodies and dark variations on the Wedding March into her nimble piano kibitzing.

The Waiters’ Ball

Directed by Roscoe “Fatty” Arbuckle

Produced by Mack Sennett

USA, 1916

The program began with a zany item from the formative days of comedy two-reelers. Here, star/director Arbuckle runs a grungy diner kitchen with all of the health code conscientiousness of a crack den concierge. The genial cook good-naturedly licks things he shouldn’t, »

- David Fiore

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