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If you imagine the comedies of the Silent Era as nothing but herky-jerky slapstick, take another look. We’ll see some beautifully restored footage of silent clowns, many of whom were original, even brilliant filmmakers. Charles Chaplin and Buster Keaton are the best known and the most accomplished, but Harold Lloyd, Bert Williams, and Roscoe Arbuckle are still as funny as they are ingenious.
“Scenes Through the Cinema Lens” is curated and hosted by Krin Gabbard, who teaches in the Jazz Studies program at Columbia University. In 2014 he retired from Stony Brook University where he had, since 1981, taught classical literature, film studies, and literary theory. His books include Psychiatry and the Cinema (1987), Jammin’ at the Margins: Jazz and the American Cinema (1996), Black Magic: White Hollywood and African American Culture (2004), Hotter Than That: The Trumpet, Jazz, and American Culture (2008), and Better Git It in Your Soul: An Interpretive Biography of Charles Mingus (2016). At Columbia he teaches courses on jazz and American culture.