Wednesday, March 19, 2008

"The General" to screen with live accompaniment


Described as "the greatest train movie ever made," Buster Keaton's classic 1927 masterpiece The General will be screened on Sunday, March 30 at 4:30 p.m. at the Wilton Town Hall Theatre in Wilton, N.H. Civil War story about a Confederate railroad engineer who pursues his locomotive after it's stolen by Northern spies. Battle scenes contain single most expensive shot in history of silent pictures. Program includes short subjects prior to main feature. Films to be shown on with new original scores performed live by New Hampshire composer and musician Jeff Rapsis. Free admission, donations encouraged; program is fund-raiser for Mirthquake, New England's largest vintage film festival, set for April 17-20, 2008 in Manchester, N.H. For more info on "The General," visit www.wiltontownhalltheatre.com.

Note: Jeff Rapsis was also the composer for the New Hampshire-made film, Dangerous Crosswinds.