Seven Chances

Image courtesy of Cohen Film Collections LLC.

(1925, dir. Buster Keaton, 96 mins.)

Indiana-based film projectionist, preservationist, collector and historian Eric Grayson presents a silent film he recently helped restore: the Buster Keaton comedy Seven Chances. Keaton stars as Jimmie Shannon, a romantically jinxed young man who must marry by 7 pm to inherit seven million dollars. The film is best-known for its outrageous finale: a cascade of comic invention that begins with a church full of blushing brides and builds to a surreal epic chase. Grayson will discuss his process for restoring the 3-minute, two-color Technicolor sequence of the film (done over a period of 80 hours, on 4,440 frames) as well as introduce the film and put it in cinema history context. Film shown in BluRay.

Bonus: a short documentary about the restoration process.

This program made possible by the Myrtie Shumacker Lecture Fund.

Seven Chances Indianapolis Museum of Art 4000 Michigan Rd., Indianapolis, IN