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Camera Man: Dana Stevens on Buster Keaton's The General

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Camera Man: Dana Stevens on Buster Keaton's The General

Dana’s new book Camera Man: Buster Keaton, the Dawn of Cinema, and the Invention of the Twentieth Century, will be for sale after the screening, courtesy of the Village Bookstore

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Many critics consider Buster Keaton’s The General to be the last great comedy of the silent era, and it consistently ranks as one of the greatest comedies of all time on international critics’ polls. Keaton portrays the engineer Johnnie Gray, who is rejected by the Confederate Army, then suffers the humiliation of his girlfriend (Marion Mack) thinking him a coward. When a small band of Union soldiers penetrate Confederate lines to steal his locomotive, Johnnie sets off in hot pursuit. Seven of the film’s eight reels are devoted to the chase, with its orchestration of thrills and comedy; Keaton shot the film on the narrow railways of Oregon, using less than 50 titles to tell the whole story.

Preceded by a screening of Neighbors:

1921. 19 m. Eddie Cline/Buster Keaton. Cohen Film Collection. United States. English. Rated NR.

The classic Pyramus and Thisbe legend takes a ribbing in this funny tale about two tenement lovers separated by a high backyard fence. Buster nonchalantly performs daring acrobatic feats as he traverses clotheslines, teeter-totters, and telephone poles to reach his beloved.

Featuring live piano accompaniment by Ben Model.

Tickets: $15 (members), $20 (nonmembers)

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Q&A with Dana Stevens, moderated by Andrew Jupin
Thursday, Mar. 3 2022, 7:00
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Dana Stevens is one of the country’s best-known film critics and culture podcasters, with a loyal social media following. She is the head film critic at Slate and a co-host of two Slate podcasts, the Culture Gabfest and the Spoiler Special. She has written for the New York Times, the Washington Post, The Atlantic, Bookforum, and Aperture magazine. She lives in New York City with her family and can be found on Twitter and Instagram as @thehighsign. Camera Man: Buster Keaton, the Dawn of Cinema, and the Invention of the Twentieth Century is her first book.

This film is part of the Retro Revival series.



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