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Jul 23, 2014 11:30 AM by Dan Shadwell, KSBY News

Local Spotlight: "Sherlock Jr."

Whether you're a fan of physical comedy or a filmophile, there's a celluloid masterpiece screening Wednesday night on the UCSB campus you won't want to miss!

In Buster Keaton's classic, "Sherlock Jr.," he plays a movie projectionist who falls asleep during a screening.

While he dozes, his dream-half enters the film itself to woo a pretty girl, but another suitor throws him back into the movie theater.

This concept of characters moving in and out of the real world into the film world would later be borrowed by other filmmakers, including Woody Allen in "The Purple Rose of Cairo."

But as novel as that idea were the athletic skills and various special effects Keaton used to place his dream half in one precarious position after another, remarkable stuff for the limited EFX of the early 20s.

You can catch this Keaton classic at a free screening in Campbell Hall at 7:30 Wednesday night, and again under the stars on Friday night at 8:30 in the Sunken Garden next to the Santa Barbara County Courthouse.

The screenings are sponsored by UCSB Arts & Lectures as part of the "Chaplin, Keaton, Lloyd: Comedy Classics of the Silent Era" film series.

For more information on this flick and the rest of the line-up, click here.

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