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Silent Film: The General w/ TEMPO
January 20 @ 7:00 pm
$10.00 Students (15&under)
On The Coastal Eye Care screen,
The General – (1927. US 1 hr, 19 min. Directed by Buster Keaton. G.)
Buster Keaton plays Johnny Gray, a Southern railroad engineer who loves his train engine, The General, almost as much as he loves Annabelle Lee (Marion Mack). When the opening shots of the Civil War are fired at Fort Sumter, Johnny tries to enlist — and he is deemed too useful as an engineer to be a soldier. All Johnny knows is that he’s been rejected, and Annabelle, thinking him a coward, turns her back on him. When Northern spies steal the General (and, unwittingly, Annabelle), the story switches from drama and romance to adventure mixed with Keaton’s trademark deadpan humor as he uses every means possible to catch up to the General, thwart the Yankees, and rescue his darling Annabelle — for starters. Local all-age orchestra TEMPO, conducted by Rebecca Edmondson and Ethan Edmondson, encores an original score composed by Rebecca especially for The Grand’s screening of the film.