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Andrus On Hudson Presents Screening Of 'The General'

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 wit.
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 wit. Photo Credit: Commons

HASTINGS-ON-HUDSON, N.Y. -- Andrus on Hudson will screen Buster Keaton's "The General" on Feb. 6 with improvised piano accompaniment by David Arner as well as an introduction and post screening discussion led by Dionne Bennett, Ph.D.

The screening will take place at 7 p.m. Popcorn and tickets will be available at the door. Tickets cost $10 for adults and $5 for children.

One of the most revered comedies of the silent era, this film finds hapless southern railroad engineer Johnny Gray (Buster Keaton) facing off against union soldiers during the American Civil War.

David Arner works making live music for silent films. He has been presenting live, cutting-edge improvisational film scores for piano since 1986, including such films as The Wind, The Last Laugh, Peter Pan and The General. He has performed for films extensively throughout the country including The National Gallery in Washington, DC, the Alice Guy Blache exhibition at the Whitney Museum, “The Sound of Silents” at the American Museum of the Moving Image, and the Knitting Factory’s Silent Film/Loud Music Series among others.

Dionne Bennett was previously the Director of the African American Studies Program at the University of Detroit Mercy and an Assistant Professor of African American Studies and a Visiting Professor of Women’s Studies at Loyola Marymount University. As a television writer, researcher, and segment producer, she has worked for the NAACP Image Awards, the Essence Awards, the Democratic National Convention, and the Fox Movie Channel.

Andrus on Hudson is located at 185 Old Broadway in Hastings.

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