Old Film New Music
- Date: Sunday, 17 October 2010, Screenings at 3pm and 6pm
- Venue: Kidogo Arthouse — off Mews Rd, Fremantle, WA
- Tickets: Adults: $20 | Children: <3yrs free | Concession: $20 — Tickets can be purchased online or by phone on (08) 9484 1133
The General (1926, silent black & white, 77 mins, rated G) Accompanied with LIVE performance by Viola Dana of Kathy Corecig's new soundtrack.
A classic silent comedy, Buster Keaton/Clyde Bruckman's The General is set during the Amercian Civil War. Buster's character Johnnie Gray is unable to become a Confederate soldier as he is deemed more helpful in the war effort as the engineer of the train, The General. However, his bravery doesn't go unnoticed as he single-handedly takes on the Union side in a plight to rescue both his engine and his girl. The General is often listed as one of the finest comedic films of all time, featuring beautifully crafted cinematic photography, a thrilling plot and Keaton's trademark dead-pan, perfectly timed comic stunts. Perth band Viola Dana's live performance to The General takes the audience back to the 1920s film viewing experience. Kathy Corecig's new soundtrack for the film is infused with Amercian folk tunes, Steve Reich-inspired train evocations and the spontaneity of jazz improvisation to help illuminate Keaton's masterful performance for a contemporary audience.
At its premiere at the 2009 Revelation Perth International Film Festival, the new soundtrack was received as such by the Rev team on their website: "One of the faves though would have to be the live performance by Viola Dana to Keaton's The General. Standing ovation and all, their work was nothing short of brilliant...it brought the house down."
Tickets available through Mills Records Fremantle and all other BOCS Ticketing outlets. Transaction fees apply.
Performers: 'Viola Dana': Kathy Corecig: viola; Tristen Parr: cello; Pete Guazzelli: drums/percussion; Mace Francis: guitar/banjo
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|'The General': A new soundtrack for the film by Buster Keaton/Clyde Bruckman by Katherine Corecig|
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