Buster Keaton's Cops + other silent shorts with Barbican Cinema and Guildhall Musicians (Barbican, Sun 7 Dec 3pm, Cinema 1)


Buster Keaton’s Cops and Silent Shorts + live musical accompaniment from Guildhall musicians

Sun 7 Dec 3pm, Cinema 1

Tickets: barbican.org.uk/film

Box Office: 0845 120 7527


Guildhall musicians from the Jazz and Music Therapy courses perform new music and improvise live to Cops and other classic silent films in this annual production, directed by Guildhall professors Carlos Lopez-Real and Ann Sloboda.

Cops (U) (1922 Dirs Edward F Cline, Buster Keaton 18 min)

Keaton’s hilarious silent short, Cops, follows a young man who gets on the wrong side of the Los Angeles Police Department and is chased all over town. 

Programme also includes: 

The Cook (1918 Dir Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle 21 min) 

Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle and Buster Keaton make havoc in a seaside hotel. 

Putting Pants on Philip (1927 Dir Clyde Bruckman 20 min) 

Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy star in the tale of a snooty uncle who is outraged when Philip, his young nephew, arrives from Scotland in a kilt!

The Great Train Robbery (1903 Dir Edwin S. Porter 12 min)

A milestone in film making from the very earliest days of cinema. A group of bandits stage a brazen hold-up on a train, only to find a posse hot on their heels.

The '?' Motorist (UK 1906 Dir Walter R Booth 2 min 30)
A very early British film using amazing trick photography. A magical motorcar drives up buildings, flies through outer space and drives around the rings of Saturn.