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, will feature Buster Keaton’s The General (1926) on Sunday, Feb. 19. Canceled last week due to the weather, The General will be shown in place of the Laurel and Hardy films originally scheduled for this week.
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 Visiting Professor of Art History Scott MacDonald will introduce the film.
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