Keaton classic steams into Friday Films

Aug 12, 2017
The imagery in Buster Keaton's "The General" is often compared to the Civil War photography of Mathew Brady.

Thomaston — The Friends of the Thomaston Public Library presents the Friday Night Film Series, screening movies every week at 7 p.m. in the historic Thomaston Academy building, 60 Main St./Route 1. Parking and handicapped accessibility is in the rear of the building.

The August films celebrate the works of American silent masters Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton. Aug. 18 starts the Keaton selections with “The General,” a nonrated classic from 1926 that runs 75 minutes. Comic genius Keaton achieved an artistic milestone with this silent adventure. Based on a true story, this civil war tale not only starred Keaton, but also was written and codirected by him. One of Keaton’s favorite films, “The General” is known for its masterfully composed action sequences and brilliant recreation of the antebellum south. It is recognized by critics and movie afficionados as one of the greatest silent comedies of all time.

The August series will conclude Aug. 25 with Keaton’s “The Cameraman” (1928). Friday Night Films are open to the public and free of charge, but donations are gratefully accepted. Light refreshments are served. For more information, call the library at 354-2453.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or

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