90th Anniversary of The General with Live Score


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90th Anniversary of THE GENERAL (1926) with new live score by Mark Orton.

In honor of the 90th Anniversary of the Hollywood Theatre and the 90th Anniversary of Buster Keaton’s classic film THE GENERAL, which was shot in Cottage Grove, OR, the Hollywood Theatre and Oregon Film present a state-wide tour of the film with a new live score composed by renowned Portland film composer Mark Orton.

One of the most revered comedies of the silent era, THE GENERAL finds hapless Southern railroad engineer Johnny Gray (Buster Keaton) facing off against Union soldiers during the American Civil War. When Johnny’s fiancée, Annabelle Lee (Marion Mack), is accidentally taken away while on a train stolen by Northern forces, Gray pursues the soldiers, using various modes of transportation in comic action scenes that highlight Keaton’s boundless wit and dexterity.

OrtonMark Orton, the recipient of a Sundance Composer Fellowship and the artist behind many acclaimed film scores including the Oscar-nominated Nebraska, was commissioned to create a new score for the film and will perform this score live with a full band, including the Mousai Remix String Trio as well as Carla Kihlstedt, Matthias Bossi and Todd Sickafoose.

Thanks to our generous sponsors and funders, audiences will experience THE GENERAL with this new live score in several of Oregon’s historic theaters as well as in the backyard of where Buster Keaton made the film in Cottage Grove. All performances are being brought to these theaters free of charge and all ticket sales benefit the theaters. This is all made possible by our generous supporters including Pacific Power, the Oregon Community Foundation, Travel Oregon,  DoubleTree Portland, the Cottage Grove Chamber of Commerce, and the Cottage Grove Historical Society. To learn more about Oregon’s historic theaters, check out Oregon’s Historic Theater Project.


TOUR LOCATIONS AND DATES

Friday, August 12
Hollywood Theatre, Portland, OR

Saturday, August 13
Bohemia Park (outdoor screening), Cottage Grove, OR
In partnership with the Cottage Grove Chamber of Commerce, the Cottage Grove Historical Society, and The Damfinos (The International Buster Keaton Society)

Sunday, August 14
Egyptian Theatre, Coos Bay, OR

Tuesday, August 16
Tower Theatre, Bend, OR

Wednesday, August 17
Ross Ragland Theater, Klamath Falls, OR

Friday, August 19 & Saturday, August 20
Hollywood Theatre, Portland, OR

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