The Buster Keaton Picture Show

The Music Halls Project

The Buster Keaton Picture Show


The Music Halls Project presents The Buster Keaton Picture Show. Acclaimed instrumental group Haiku Salut will perform an original, contemporary live score to Keaton’s 1926 comedy classic The General in the atmospheric surroundings of St John’s Church.

The General (U)
When the American Civil War breaks out, confederate railroad engineer Johnny Gray has his beloved locomotive carrying his fiancée stolen by Union spies. He boards another massive train, and sets out to pursue the Northern spies to get his kidnapped steam engine back.

US 1926 Dir Buster Keaton, Clyde Bruckman 79 min
Please note, this film contains mild comic violence.

Commissioned by Nottingham Contemporary as part of the BFI’s Comedy Genius season, Haiku Salut’s score combines electronica, folk, post rock, and neo-classical elements to cast Keaton's masterwork in a new dramatic light. Described by Orson Welles as "the greatest comedy ever made, the greatest Civil War film ever made, and perhaps the greatest film ever made", The General was one of the last major films of the silent era.

The show is presented by the Music Halls Project which brings world class music and arts programming to the heart of the local community. A pop-up food stall and bar will be available on the night.