The Extra Milestone crew has so far been “silent” when it comes to covering silent films, and for that, we have no excuse. But consider this deep dive of Buster Keaton’s comedic classic Seven Chances to be our comeuppance! That’s right, the screwball romantic comedy that helped define the genre recently celebrated 95 glorious years, making this the oldest film we’ve ever covered on the show. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry (from laughing), and just maybe you’ll fall in love with one of the greatest actor-directors in all of film history.
Music in this episode: The opening theme of Seven Chances, composed by Robert Israel.
Cinemaholics in this episode: Sam Noland & Jon Negroni
This is definitely one of my favorite installments of EM yet. I could really tell you two were more passionate about the movie and I actually learned a few things. Previous EM episodes have felt a little drawn out to be honest, so I appreciated you two actually went in-depth this time around (amazing considering this episode is longer than the movie itself!) And as usual I was happy to hear Jon tie things up with an insightful interpretation of the movie’s message, which honestly put a smile on my face. Not enough people give Buster Keaton the appreciation he deserves.
Thanks so much! We’re definitely hoping that this expansion will allow for much more of that kind of passion and interest 🙂
Glad you two finally did a silent movie. Long overdue. Like Sam, Steamboat Bill, Jr. is easily my favorite Keaton movie. I just happened to watch it at the perfect time in my life.
Steamboat Bill was the first movie I ever saw at an Alamo Drafthouse (where I now work) during a Silent Film Festival in the Spring of 2017, and it was such a fantastic experience that not even the migraine headache I was having could put a damper on my spirits. I’ll always have a very special place for that one, and I’m glad you feel the same way! Thanks for listening 🙂
Thank you for replying! I wish I could have seen Steamboat Bill, Jr. in the theater, that would have been amazing.