Saturday, May 11 11:30 am;
Monday, May 13 7 pm;
Thursday, May 16 9 pm.
”…Buster Keaton’s timeless 1926 silent The General is the perfect chase movie: it has never been bettered, and maybe never will. Keaton plays a train driver during the American civil war who loses both his beloved steam engine The General and his estranged fiancée (Marion Mack) to a troupe of Northern spies. Overcoming impediments both intentional and inadvertent – armies, cannons, bears, rickety bridges—without ever losing his implacable stone-faced cool, Keaton sets off in pursuit. The set-pieces are breathtaking, the stunts barely believable (yes, that’s a real train falling from a real bridge), and the blend of broad slapstick, grandiose period drama and heartfelt character comedy is impeccably judged. See it and gasp.” (TimeOut New York)
1926 Dirs. Clyde Bruckman, Buster Keaton. 1.33:1 B&W DCP 79 min. Silent with music track by Carl Davis.