Starring Buster Keaton, The General is based on an incident that occurred during the Civil War. The story follows Engineer Johnny Gray and the two loves of his life: his girl, Annabelle, and his locomotive. Legendary critic Roger Ebert considered The General to be one of the ten best films of all time.
Musical accompaniment will be provided by Matthew Marshall and Elizabeth Leverage-Hilles. Marshall is well-known locally for his accompaniment for silent films presented during the Virginia Film Festival and for his courses at the University of Virginia where he teaches about film history, theory, and genre studies. He has also recorded soundtracks for the British Edition of Charlie Chaplin’s The Kid as well as George Melies’ Conquest of the Pole. Classically trained in piano and violin, Elizabeth Leverage-Hilles is a member of the Reel Music Ensemble, which performs live accompaniment for silent films in the area, including at the Paramount, Vinegar Hill Theater, and Scottsville’s Victory Hall Theater.
Doors open at 3pm with tastings from local restaurants and a raffle. The film will be preceded by an archival newsreel, a Popeye cartoon, and a film historian’s take on why The General is so unique.
The Paramount Theater is located at 215 E. Main Street on the Downtown Mall in Charlottesville.