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Battling Butler

(Buster Keaton, 1926)
Introduced by Tim Lanza, Vice President and Archivist, Cohen Film Collection

New Restoration | Zoom Family Programming

A joint endeavor between the Cohen Film Collection and the Cineteca di Bologna, The Keaton Project aims to restore the films the great screen comedian Buster Keaton made between 1920 and 1928. We’re excited to share one of the fruits of that labor, Battling Butler, in which Keaton plays a rich dandy who must pretend to be a fearsome boxer in order to win the love of a country girl. Keaton’s favorite of all his films! (78 mins., 4K DCP)

Also be sure catch Peter Bogdanovich’s new career-spanning documentary The Great Buster, screening January 24–25.

More about the expert

Tim Lanza is vice president and archivist at Cohen Film Collection. He has overseen the collection since 1992 and restorations of such films as Buster Keaton’s The General (1926), James Whale’s The Old Dark House (1932), David Miller’s Sudden Fear (1952), and Julie Dash’s Daughters of the Dust (1991). This is his fifth appearance at Cinema Revival.

Man in hat poses with boxing gloves in a fighting stance

Battling Butler, image courtesy of Cohen Film Collection

A referee stands between two men in the ring

Battling Butler, image courtesy of Cohen Film Collection

A man lays across the ropes in a boxing ring while two people watch

Battling Butler, image courtesy of Cohen Film Collection

Restored by the Cineteca di Bologna and Cohen Film Collection.

SEASON SUPPORT FOR FILM/VIDEO
Rohauer Collection Foundation

SUPPORT FOR THE FILM/VIDEO STUDIO PROGRAM
Institute of Museum and Library Services
National Endowment for the Arts

GENERAL OPERATING SUPPORT FOR THE WEXNER CENTER
Greater Columbus Arts Council
Ohio Arts Council
The Columbus Foundation
Nationwide Foundation 

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Battling Butler