Love, Locomotives, Laughs + A Live Orchestra

Tower Theatre to Celebrate the 90th Anniversary of Buster Keaton’s The General

One of the landmark films of America’s silent film era will celebrate its 90th anniversary with a special screening presented by the Tower Theatre Foundation Tuesday, August 16 at 8pm.

Directed by and starring Buster Keaton, this masterpiece follows a Southern railway engineer who has “only two loves in life,” his locomotive and the beautiful Annabelle Lee (Marion Mack). When Union spies steal his beloved train, Keaton single-handedly pursues it straight through enemy lines.

The storyline is a recreation of an actual wartime incident, and skillfully combines physical comedy, picturesque locations in Cottage Grove, Oregon, and of course, Keaton’s love of trains.

The screening will be accompanied by a seven-piece live orchestra performing an original score written specifically for the anniversary by Hollywood composer Mark Orton (Nebraska, The Roosevelts: An Intimate History). Orton’s new Made in Oregon score features a unique collection of rare musical instruments that would have been used in the ’20s. The musicians on tour include a string quartet from the Oregon Symphony and a Foley artist for live sound effects.


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