The General with a live score by the New West Symphony

<i>The General</i></b> with a live score by the New West Symphony

Courtesy Dennis James

One hundred years after he first appeared onscreen, stone-faced comic performer Buster Keaton is still considered an entertainment-industry pioneer. Of his countless shorts, theatrical films, talkies and late-career TV appearances, the 1927 film The General remains one of the iconic comedian's crowning achievements. The story of a Civil War soldier who steals a train, it was one of the most expensive films to be made during the silent era. With music prepared by organist Dennis James and conducted by native Angeleno Richard Kaufman, The General with a live score by the New West Symphony shines a spotlight on Keaton's brilliance while offering a fresh take on an old classic. Actor Jamie Farr will take part in a discussion of "film, comedy and Keaton."

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