Live music by Alloy Orchestra
(Buster Keaton, Clyde Bruckman, 1926)
Many classic films are just as powerful today as when they were first released. We add such films from many genres to our schedule throughout the season. Many are shown on the occasion of their rereleases, in fresh, new or restored prints.
The renowned musical ensemble that Roger Ebert called “the best in the world at accompanying silent film” makes its first Columbus appearance in conjunction with a restoration of Buster Keaton’s The General, one of the most beloved comedies of all time. Set during the Civil War, The General finds Keaton playing a locomotive engineer who must sneak behind enemy lines to recover his beloved train after it is stolen by Union spies. Based in Cambridge, MA, the Alloy Orchestra has accompanied a wide range of silent-era films in every corner of the US as well as in dozens of countries abroad, including Spain, France, Russia, Italy, Portugal, and New Zealand. (78 mins., 35mm)