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Acclaimed instrumental group Haiku Salut perform live at York’s Everyman

★★★★★ “The pioneering genius of Buster Keaton’s 1926 silent film The General looks even more startling than ever…more or less invented the action movie.” The Guardian

Wildfowl and York Mediale presents

The Buster Keaton Picture Show feat. Haiku Salut
Wednesday 11 September, 8.00pm

Tickets: £12 / £8 conc. +booking fee
Everyman Cinema York

Ahead of their performance at the Royal Albert Hall Festival of Film 2019, acclaimed instrumental group Haiku Salut perform an original, contemporary live score to Cohen Media’s stunning 4K restoration of Buster Keaton’s 1926 comedy classic The General at York’s Everyman Cinema on Wednesday 11 September.

Described by Orson Welles as “the greatest comedy ever made, the greatest Civil War film ever made, and perhaps the greatest film ever made”, The General is one of the last major films of the silent era.

The film is based on a true incident – the Great Locomotive Chase – with The General of the title referring to engineer Johnnie Gray’s (Keaton) engine. Gray has been rejected by both the Confederate Army and by his fiancee Annabelle but when Union spies steal the General (and unwittingly, Annabelle), he gets a chance to prove his heroism by catching up with The General and rescuing his beloved. In this ambitious production, Keaton performs all his own stunts using his incredible comic timing and body language to create hilarious, near-perfect entertainment.

Commissioned by Nottingham Contemporary as part of the BFI’s Comedy Genius season, Haiku Salut’s score combines electronica, folk, post-rock, and neo-classical elements to cast The General in a new dramatic light.

Wildfowl and York Mediale present a cinematic experience like no other.

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