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Buster Keaton’s The General with live music by Viola Dana


Dir. Buster Keaton, Clyde Bruckman. 1927, 77 mins. 35mm. In his comic masterpiece The General, Buster plays a young Southerner rejected by the Confederate Army as a coward who wages a one-man war against the hijackers of his beloved locomotive. Filled with brilliantly structured gags and a romantic subplot, The General is also a photographic marvel, evoking the Civil War period in as much detail as Matthew Brady’s photography. The acclaimed Australian musical ensemble Viola Dana makes a special New York appearance to perform violist and composer Kathy Corecig’s fresh and delightful new score, a country- and bluegrass- infused blend of American folk tunes, Steve Reich-inspired train evocations, and the spontaneity of jazz improvisation. The music brings Keaton’s great film to life in a performance that will enchant audiences of all ages.

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