About The General

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Comedy, Silent/Live Accompaniment
Midwest Premiere of New Orchestral Score! Considered among the greatest films ever made, Buster Keaton’s The General is so brilliantly conceived and executed that it continues to inspire awe and laughter with every viewing. Rejected by the Confederate army as unfit and taken for a coward by his beloved Annabelle Lee (Marian Mack), young Johnnie Gray (Keaton) sets out to single-handedly win the war with the help of his cherished locomotive. What follows is, without exaggeration, probably the most cleverly choreographed comedy ever recorded on celluloid. Johnnie wages war against the unpredictable hand of fate while roaring along the iron rails—exploiting the comic potential of Keaton’s favorite filmic prop: the train. Presented with live orchestral accompaniment and new musical score by Andrew Simpson. (35mm presentation)

These screenings are made possible thanks to the generous support of Old National Bank. Since opening, IU Cinema and the Jacobs School of Music have collaborated on multiple silent feature films with a student orchestra and maestro, as well as premieres of new scores for student films. *Free tickets for IUB students and children Advanced tickets are free to the first 100 IUB students with ID for each screening. Children ages 12 and younger are admitted for free on Sunday, November 9. All other tickets are $6.

Andrew Simpson
Andrew Earle Simpson, composer, pianist, and organist, is ordinary professor and head of the division of Theory and Composition at the Benjamin T. Rome School of Music of The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. A composer of opera, silent film, orchestral, chamber, choral, dance, and vocal music, his musical works make multi-faceted, intimate connections with literature, visual art, and film, reflecting his own interest in linking music with the wider world, an approach which he calls “humanistic music.” He is Resident Film Accompanist at the National Gallery of Art and House Accompanist at the Library of Congress’ Mt. Pony Theater in Culpeper, Va. Andrew is also an alumnus of Indiana University.

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