Join us via Zoom and Beamafilm to watch and discuss Buster Keaton’s The General (1926).
The General (1926)
Directed by Clyde Bruckman and Buster Keaton, starring Buster Keaton and Marion Mack.
Screenplay by Al Boasberg, Clyde Bruckman, Buster Keaton, Charles Henry Smith and Paul Gerard Smith. Based on The Great Locomotive Chase by William Pittenger.
75 min | Silent with English Intertitles
Consistently ranked among the greatest films ever made, Buster Keaton’s The General is a brilliantly conceived and executed comedy that continues to inspire awe and laughter with every viewing.
Rejected by the Confederate army as unfit and taken for a coward by his beloved Annabelle Lee (Marian Mack), young Johnnie Gray (Buster Keaton) sets out to single-handedly win the war with the help of his cherished locomotive.
Johnnie wages war against hijackers, an errant cannon, and the unpredictable hand of fate while roaring along the iron rails.
Insisting on accuracy in every detail, Keaton created a remarkably authentic historical epic, replete with hundreds of costumed extras, full-scale sets, and the breathtaking plunge of an actual locomotive from a burning bridge into a river.
Screened in town at SMSA two years ago, The General was loved by attendees. Most suitable for children, too: a good break from schoolwork, perhaps!
How the Virtual Viewing Party will work
This “Virtual Viewing Party” will provide film lovers with an opportunity to discuss this film with like-minded people. We will convene on Zoom for a short introduction by Peter Rainey, then you will be prompted to log into Beamafilm* to watch the film. After the film finishes, we will reconvene on Zoom for a wrap up discussion and questions.
1.30pm Zoom Introduction
1.50pm Watch film on Beamafilm
Approx 3.15pm Zoom wrap up discussion and questions
IMPORTANT: YOU MUST HAVE A BEAMAFILM ACCOUNT
To watch this film, you will need to have a Beamafilm account. Beamafilm is 100% free for SMSA members.
Please make sure you set up your Beamafilm account at least 2-3 days before the event.
It is your responsibility to do this ahead of time, as staff will not be available to assist you on the day of the screening.
To set up your Beamafilm account:
- SMSA members can set up a Beamafilm account for FREE using your SMSA Member Number, which can be found on the back of your membership card or by emailing the Library at firstname.lastname@example.org. Beamafilm is 100% free for SMSA members. Click here to set up your Beamafilm account.
- Non-members are welcome join SMSA at smsa.org.au/join or use their existing Beamafilm account (for example, if you have a Beamafilm account through another library).
- Once the SMSA library has processed your membership and sent you your Member Number, you can then create your free Beamfilm account. NB: Please allow 2-3 additional days for the Library to process your membership and send your SMSA Member Number to you. Memberships cannot be processed over the weekend.
Images: The General (1926), Buster Keaton Productions & Joseph M. Schenck Productions