The Saphead (Ultimate Edition) (DVD)
Directed by Herbert Blaché
The Saphead (Ultimate Edition) (DVD)
Musgrave Edward Connelly
Bertie Van Alstyne Buster Keaton
Rose Turner Carol Holloway
Composed by Robert Israel and Ben Model
Writer June Mathis
In 1920, having served a slapstick apprenticeship in the shorts of Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle, Buster Keaton had earned the opportunity to headline his own series of two-reel comedies. The very moment at which he emerged as a star of his own shorts, Keaton was recruited to appear in his first feature film, THE SAPHEAD, based on a popular stage play. Though Keaton was not the primary creative force behind THE SAPHEAD, as he was on his short films, it became hugely important in shaping the actor's on-screen persona: the lonely, stone-faced man thwarted by circumstance, inept at the art of romance, yet undaunted in his struggle for love within a chaotic world.
Keaton stars as Bertie Van Alstyne, the pampered son of a powerful Wall Street financier (William H. Crane). Having no other lifestyle but privilege, he wanders through a variety of misadventures - an attempt at courtship, a trip to an illegal gambling den, and a tumble onto the floor of the Stock Exchange - oblivious to the obstacles that stand before him.
DVD Extras Include:
- Complete alternate version of THE SAPHEAD, comprised entirely of variant takes and camera angles.
- "A Pair of Sapheads," an eight-minute featurette comparing the two versions of the film.
- Buster Keaton: Life of the Party, a rare audio recording from 1962, in which Keaton recalls the memories and songs of his vaudeville youth, amid an intimate gathering of friends.
- Gallery of personal photographs from Keaton's childhood in vaudeville.
- Music arranged and directed by Robert Israel, in 2.0 Stereo and 5.1 Surround
- Music composed and performed by Ben Model, in 2.0 Stereo
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