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Steamboat Bill Jr.


Buster Keaton battles the unhinged elements of nature in his unmatchable fashion, unleashing a whirlwind of jokes and pranks. BL!NDMAN [sax] accompanies Keaton in all his acrobatics with a strong bespoke soundtrack. For the live accompaniment to Buster Keaton’s Steamboat Bill Jr., Eric Sleichim wrote an original composition that gives a surprisingly fresh take on the film. Besides an eccentric “bruiteurs” task, the saxophone quartet mainly plays a solidly balanced score that, combined with special sound effects, culminates in a stormy soundtrack.

Eric Sleichim: artistic direction, composition

BL!NDMAN [sax]
Pieter Pellens: soprano saxophone
Hendrik Pellens: alto saxophone
Piet Rebel: tenor saxophone
Sebastiaan Cooman: baritone saxophone

Buster Keaton Productions – 71 min
Black/White, silent films – 1928
Joseph Schenck: production
Charles F. Reisner: direction

Premier: 1996