Thursday, February 19, 2009

Laurel & Hardy: the Birth of the Comedy Duo

The Second Hundred Years / Toiset sata vuotta / De andra hundra åren. US 1927. 16mm, 20 min
Big Business / Joulukuusikauppiaat / Svindlande affärer. US 1929. 35mm, 20 min
Liberty / Vapaus / Friheten. US 1929. 35mm, 20 min
PC: Hal Roach Studios. EX: Hal Roach. P: Leo McCarey. DP: George Stevens.
Bonner Kinemathek prints with e-subtitles in Finnish by Aretta Vähälä and piano music by Joonas Raninen. Viewed at Cinema Orion, Helsinki, 18 Feb 2009.
The starting programme of the Leo McCarey retrospective. McCarey was with Stan Laurel the co-creator of the concept of the Stan and Ollie comedies at Hal Roach Studios.
It was good to see on screen the full-length The Second Hundred Years, and 35mm screenings (good prints, too) of Big Business and Liberty, so familiar from home viewing.
Comedy at its best, funniest, laughingest.

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