Consistently ranked among the greatest films ever made, Buster Keaton’s silent classic “The General” is so brilliantly conceived and executed that it still inspires laughter and awe. “The General” (1926 will open Camden Public Library’s outdoor Summer Movie Series, scheduled for Tuesday evenings at dusk beginning July 12 in the Camden Amphitheatre, Atlantic Avenue.

Rejected by the Confederate army and taken for a coward by his beloved Annabelle Lee (Marion Mack), young Johnny Gray (Keaton) is given a chance to redeem himself when Yankee spies steal his cherished locomotive. Johnny wages a one-man war against hijackers, an errant cannon and the unpredictable hand of fate while roaring along the iron rails.

The rest of the series will include “Little Women” (1933) July 19 at 8:30 p.m.; “Drums Along the Mohawk” (1939) July 26 at 8:15 p.m.; “The Wizard of Oz” (1939), sponsored by the Camden Cinema Committee, Aug. 2 at 8 p.m.; and “Moulin Rouge” (1952) Aug. 9 at 8 p.m. Aug. 16 is reserved as a rain date.

The movies, concerts, lectures and summer reading program for adults are all part of the library’s theme for the summer, An American Cultural Journey. The programs are generously supported by a grant from the Maine Community Foundation and are underwritten by The First.

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by email to dernest@villagesoup.com.