Buster Keaton's The General

14th Sep 2020

Buster Keaton's The General Event Image

Event Time: 8:00 pm - 9:47 pm
Location: Watch via the link below on the Hurst Festival YouTube channel. Link will become live moments before the event starts. REMEMBER ALL EVENTS ARE FREE!

Link to Virtual Event

Presented by Hurst Village Cinema

The award winning Village Cinema serving Hurstpierpoint and surrounding areas.

The General is the best received Festival film we have screened, with a packed house rolling with laughter watching the film, along with the brilliant live piano accompaniment from Cyrus Gabrisch.

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. Johnny isn't informed of the reason he is not allowed to enlist, all he 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 wild adventure mixed with Keaton's trademark deadpan humour as he uses every means possible to catch up to the General, thwart the Yankees, and rescue his darling Annabelle. As always, Keaton performs his own stunts, combining his prodigious dexterity, impeccable comic timing, and expressive body language to convey more emotion than the stars of any of the talkies that were soon to dominate cinema.

Buster Keaton's The General Event Image

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