The “Dead of Winter Classic Comedy Festival for the Young and Young at Heart,” presented by the F.I.L.M. (Forum on Image and Language in Motion) series, continues on Sunday, Feb. 12, with Buster Keaton’s The General (1926). This and all F.I.L.M. series events take place on Sundays at 2 p.m., in the Bradford Auditorium, KJ, and are free and open to the public.
Known as the “Great Stone Face” because he never smiled in the films he directed, master stunt comedian Buster Keaton plays Johnny Gray, a locomotive engineer in the Civil War South. When Johnny’s train, “The General,” is stolen by Union spies, he gives chase, risking life and limb to demonstrate how funny overcoming danger can be.
The General (70 minutes) is accompanied by the music of F.I.L.M. favorite, the Alloy Orchestra.
F.I.L.M. series organizer and Hamilton Visiting Professor Scott MacDonald will introduce the film.
Dead of Winter Classic Comedy Festival:
Sunday, Feb. 19: Two Tars (1928) and The Music Box (1932) with Laurel and Hardy
Sunday, Feb. 26: Charlie Chaplin’s Modern Times (1935)
Sunday, March 5: Film Scholar Jacqueline Stewart on the career of pioneer filmmaker Spencer Williams
Sunday, April 2: Filmmaker Yance Ford presents Strong Island (2016)
Sunday, April 9: “A Roll for Peter Hutton” (anthology)
Sunday, April 16: Sound engineer Ernst Karel with sound works