Block of Buster pix

Douris, MK2 revive Keaton for bigscreen

Buster Keaton is getting a dust-off.

The Douris Corp., the L.A.-based rights holder on 20 of the comic’s silent classics, has partnered with France’s MK2 to have a half-dozen titles restored for digital theatrical release in select cities.

Paris-based MK2 also distribs Charlie Chaplin pics on behalf of Douris.

The cities on MK2’s list include Paris and other as yet unspecified cultural capitals.

The classic Keaton titles Douris and MK2 are restoring and releasing include “Our Hospitality” (1923), “The Navigator” (1924), “Sherlock, Jr.” (1924), “Go West” (1925), “Seven Chances” (1925) and “Battling Butler” (1926).

“Keaton and Chaplin are synonymous with the heritage of our industry and as such we are thrilled to be working with MK2, who are meticulous in restoring and bringing the work of these great masters to a new generation,” said Douris prexy Gary Dartnall.

Keaton received a special Oscar in 1960. He died in 1966 at 71.

Created in 1974, MK2 produces, distributes and exhibits films, boasting 44 screens in Paris. Its 250-title catalog includes films by Truffaut, Lynch, Altman and Wenders.

Douris was formed in 1997 with securitization financing involving C. E. Heath and the Westdeutsche Landesbank, enabling Dartnall to acquire the Rohauer library of 700 features and shorts.

Douris also has distribution rights to Keaton’s best-known title, “The General.” Because of its ownership of the Keaton personality rights, it has interest in MGM-distribbed titles like “The Cameraman.”

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