Flavored with Americana and loaded with cinematic inventiveness, Steamboat Bill, Jr., now digitally restored in 4K, was Buster Keaton's final independent production before joining MGM, a comic masterpiece that represents the full breath of its maker's remarkable talents. Set on the Mississippi River, Steamboat Bill, Jr. follows the adventures of a spoiled young man who is by his crusty father (Ernest Torrence) to learn riverboating. Over the course of the narrative, the scale of comedy gradually expands, from small-scale, nostalgic humor (as when Bill Sr. outfits his son with a new wardrobe) to some of the most elaborate sight gags of Keaton's career. Junior's attempts to single-handedly pilot the rag-tag "Stonewall Jackson" recall the mechanical brilliance of The General and The Navigator, but the films crowning achievement is its hurricane climax. Highlighted by remarkable special effects, the film includes the legendary stunt in which the front of a building collapses over Junior, who passes unharmed through an open window.