Wednesday, June 1

Showtime: 7:30 PM

Chautauqua Auditorium

$12.00 ($6.00 Concert Member & children under 12)

Johnnie Gray (Buster Keaton) is an engineer on his train The General on the Western and Atlantic Railroad. When war is declared between the North and the South he does his best to sign up with the Confederate army but is refused because he’s in a designated occupation. His sweetheart Annabelle Lee and her family don’t believe him and she’s ashamed, thinking he’s shirking his duty. Meanwhile the Union army hatches a plan to steal the train and when it stops in Big Shanty they snatch it and head north. Annabelle is a passenger on the train and Johnnie goes behind enemy lines to rescue his train and his girl. “The General” is an epic of silent comedy, one of the most expensive films of its time, including an accurate historical recreation of a Civil War episode, hundreds of extras, dangerous stunt sequences and an actual locomotive falling from a burning bridge into a gorge far below.

Running time: 80 minutes.
Also featured: The short film “The Goat” (1921) starring Buster Keaton. Running time: 23 minutes.
Total running time: 103 minutes