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Film: The General (1926) on Saturday 3rd November 2018
This is a very special film: silent with live accompaniment. If you've never seen a silent film, especially a Keaton one, then experience this. Still just £5 + drinks money. At Sunnyside Hall TN4 8RA.
Based on a true story, Buster Keaton co-writes, co-directs and stars in this classic action comedy from the silent era. Set during the American Civil War, the film follows southerner Johnnie Gray (Keaton) who is denied entry into the Confederate Army due to the valuable work he does as an engineer. However, his fiancée Annabelle Lee (Marion Mack) believes he has failed to sign up because of his cowardice. When Johnnie's train, The General, is stolen by Unionists with Annabelle still on board he gets the chance to prove his bravery and embarks on a hair-raising adventure.
This film will be preceded by a short documentary to set the context within which the main film was made.
Of Silent Films’ “Big Three” (Chaplin, Keaton, Lloyd) Buster Keaton is more famous and critically acclaimed today, than he was in the 1920s and the reason is simple: his films still seem awfully relevant and modern, maybe even more so than when they were first shown. Unlike most of his contemporaries, Keaton strips his films down to the bare minimum, no unnecessary subplots, minimal cue cards, no stunt men, no trick photography or CGI, his films zoom along in a way that today’s audiences appreciate. His character is very modern: quiet, steadfast, full of self deprecating humour.
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