Sunday, June 26, 2016

Coney Island

Tonight's Silent Sunday Nights lineup is a pair of movies with Buster Keaton. First, at midnight tonight, is Go West. That one has Buster eventually becoming a ranch-hand, and then driving a herd of cattle through the crowded streets of Los Angeles. As of this writing there's a Youtube posting, but the movie was from 1925, which means that it's not in the public domain the the video could be pulled at any time due to copyright restrictions.

The second movie, at 1:15 AM, is the short Coney Island. This is from much earlier in Keaton's career, in 1917 when he was still working with Fatty Arbuckle. Since it's before 1923, it is in the public domain, so the Youtube videos of it shouldn't be taken down. Well, I suppose if they use music that's not in the public domain that might be a problem. Heaven knows there are music rights holders who are nuts about their music showing up in Youtube videos, even brief snippets in the background.

Anyhow, for those who want to see Coney Island, here's one of the Youtube videos:

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