The Friends of the Thomaston Public Library continues its series of films in Room 208 of the Thomaston Academy Building, 60 Main St./Route 1. The weekly films are hosted by movie maven Erika Pfander.

The Friday night movies for November are films by silent filmmakers Buster Keaton and Charlie Chaplin. The first evening in this month’s series will offers Keaton’s “Our Hospitality” and “Sherlock Jr.” Nov. 5 at 6:30 p.m.

“Our Hospitality” is in many ways a companion piece to Keaton’s 1926 classic “The General,” which will be screened later in the month. It stars Keaton as a New York man who returns to his southern antebellum homeland to find himself embroiled in a longstanding feud between his family and that of the woman he loves. The sequence in which Buster travels southward by rinky-dink locomotive is a most sublime example of the director’s craft and represents but a tiny portion of the extraordinary talent that characterizes Keaton’s art. This film features three generations of Keatons. Buster’s father Joe plays a train engineer, and Buster’s infant son plays Buster as a baby. Buster, meanwhile, plays opposite his first wife Natalie Talmadge, who was pregnant with their second son.

Perhaps no other film offers as exciting a rollercoaster ride through the golden age of comedy than Keaton’s “Sherlock Jr.” Dramatizing the uproarious exploits of a meek theater projectionist-turned-amateur sleuth, the film blends the knockout physical comedy normally associated with slapstick with more subtly-crafted moments of humor. It also pays homage to William Gillette’s very popular stage play about Sherlock Holmes.

The two silent features together run about two hours; “Our Hospitality” was released in 1923 and “Sherlock, Jr.” in 1924.

Doors will open at 6 p.m. and the Hallway Books bookshop will be open in the hallway of the first floor. Admission is free, but donations are appreciated. All screenings begin 6:30 p.m.

The building is handicapped accessible via the elevator off the parking lot. For more information, call the library at 354-2453.

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by e-mail to