Buster Keaton classic films - The General and The 'High Sign'

Posted on 20/06/19 by 1901 Arts Club

In association with Southbank Silents
THE GENERAL (Clyde Bruckman, Buster Keaton)
THE 'HIGH SIGN' (Eddie Cline, Buster Keaton)
accompanied by Meg Morley on piano

Now recognised as one of the greatest movies (silent or otherwise) ever made, The General (1926) tells the (mostly) true story of The Great Locomotive Chase of 1862. In the expert hands of Buster Keaton, however, real Civil War history becomes one of the greatest comedies Hollywood has ever produced.

Buster is also to thank for our introduction to the evening, The ‘High Sign’ (1921), in which our man (for comic purposes of course) unwittingly ends up as a hitman for an organised crime group.

​Regulars at our silent movie nights will be as pleased as us that we'll again be joined by Meg Morley on piano. A classically-trained pianist and composer and one of the UK’s pre-eminent silent film accompanists, Meg has recently played at the Flatpack Film Festival, Pordenone Silent Film Festival and London Film Festival and, together with The Meg Morley Trio, composed and produced an original score for a series of comedies from Mabel Normand, now released as part of the British Film Institute's Early Women Filmmakers Collection.

The trio’s album and Meg’s solo piano EP can be found on Bandcamp, on iTunes or at www.megmorleymusic.com.

Venue: 1901 Arts Club, 7 Exton Street, London SE1 8UE (nearest station Waterloo) www.1901artsclub.com
Tickets £12.50 or £8 for under 16, including a complimentary drink
Doors: 6.30pm, Performance: 7.30pm
Total running time: 85 minutes, with a 15 minute intermission

Further details: 02076203055 www.1901artsclub.com

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