Mary Riepma Ross Film Theater
University of Nebraska, Lincoln
Hixson-Lied College of Fine & Performing Arts

September 23, Tuesday

$9.75 Adults
$7.25 Students
$7.25 Children
$7.75 Military
$7.75 Seniors
$6.75 Members

$7.75 Adults
$6.75 Students
$6.75 Children
$6.75 Military
$7.25 Seniors
$6.25 Members

Children are 12 and under, Seniors are 60 and older

Students and Military must show a valid ID to receive discount

We accept cash, check, NCard, Visa, and Mastercard

Box Office Opens 30 Minutes Before Showtimes

Many of the films shown at The Ross are not rated due to the prohibitive cost of acquiring a rating from the Motion Picture Association of America. Consequently, as many of these films contain graphic content, viewer discretion is advised.

313 N. 13 STREET

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Saturday, October 13 - 7:30 p.m.

Buster Keaton is widely recognized as one of the greatest comedians in film. Less well known these days is Keaton’s mentor and one of the first great film comedians – Roscoe “Fatty Arbuckle”. Alloy Orchestra’s Keaton and Arbuckle show features three short films by these two brilliant films stars.

ALLOY ORCHESTRA is a three man musical ensemble, writing and performing live accompaniment to classic silent films. Working with an outrageous assemblage of peculiar objects, they thrash and grind soulful music from unlikely sources. Performing at prestigious film festivals and cultural centers in the US and abroad, Alloy has helped revive some of the great masterpieces of the silent era.

An unusual combination of found percussion and state-of-the-art electronics gives the Orchestra the ability to create any sound imaginable. Utilizing their famous "rack of junk" and electronic synthesizers, the group generates beautiful music in a spectacular variety of styles. They can conjure up a French symphony or a simple German bar band of the 20's. The group can make the audience think it is being attacked by tigers, contacted by radio signals from Mars or swept up in the Russian Revolution.

$25 General Admission
$20 Seniors
$15 Students, Members of Friends of the Ross

There will be a pre-performance reception (with a cash bar) for Alloy ticket-holding members of The Friends of The Ross and employees of Lincoln Benefit Life beginning at 5:30 p.m. on October 13. Please call 402.472.9100 or click HERE to RSVP.

THE BUTCHER BOY (1917, 27:54 minutes)
Directed by Roscoe “Fatty” Arbuckle. Starring Arbuckle & Buster Keaton.

The Butcher Boy is the first film that Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle made for his own production company after leaving Mack Sennett, and it's also the first time Buster Keaton ever appears on screen. Arbuckle plays a butcher boy working in a general store; Keaton is one of the customers. The two of them get an amazing amount of comic mileage out of a mere nickel's worth of molasses ... and they did it all in the first take. There's more to the film, of course -- Arbuckle performs some handy knife tricks and dons his usual drag gear when his honey Josephine Stevens gets shipped off to a girls' finishing school. But the real story here is the teaming of two of the greatest comics of the silent era. Arbuckle and Keaton look amazingly comfortable together for a first-time pairing.

GOOD NIGHT, NURSE! (1918, 23:35 minutes)
Directed by Roscoe “Fatty” Arbuckle. Starring Arbuckle & Buster Keaton.

Long believed lost, GOOD NIGHT, NURSE! resurfaced in fragmentary form in the late 1970s. Seeking refuge from a torrential storm, Fatty ends up befriending an organ grinder and a street dancer and takes them home with him. His wife arrives, assumes that Fatty has been staging a drunken party, and bundles her husband off to the local sanitarium to take the liquor cure. Here he finds himself at the mercy of overenthusiastic doctor Buster Keaton, who looks and acts more like a butcher, and goofy intern Al St. John. After much hectic running about, Fatty escapes from the doc's clutches, only to get mixed up in the problems of pretty patient Alice Lake.

THE PLAYHOUSE (1921, 22:41 minutes)
Directed by Edward F. Cline. Starring Buster Keaton.

THE PLAYHOUSE features the famous theater sequence in which Buster Keaton plays every role, from the stage actors to the orchestra and audience, appearing in the same frame two, three -- and in one scene, nine -- times. This was amazing technical wizardry in a day when special effects really were special. But there's more to The Playhouse than this one segment. The film bounces from dream to reality, from optical illusion to confusion, all with a playhouse as backdrop, and the various theater skits are a prime example of Keaton's infinite comic variety.

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