Free and open to the public
Sunday, Sept. 30, in the Bradford Auditorium in Hamilton’s Kirner-Johnson Building

At 2 p.m., the Alloy Orchestra, the preeminent American music group specializing in composing soundtracks for classic silent films, accompanies Buster Keaton’s “The General” (1926), an epic action thriller that set the standard for dangerous stunts by director and star Keaton.

Keaton plays Johnny Gray, a locomotive engineer in the Civil War South. When Johnny’s train, “The General,” is stolen by Union spies, he gives chase, risking life and limb to demonstrate how funny overcoming danger can be.

At 8 p.m., the Alloy Orchestra accompanies Dziga Vertov’s “The Man with a Movie Camera” (1929), a film about a day in the life of a modern, Communist Russian city. The film was named the greatest documentary film of all time in a 2014 poll by the British film journal “Sight & Sound.”

Coming up:

  • Sunday, Oct. 28: Director Sarah Elder presents “Uksuum Cauyai/The Drums of Winter” (1988)
  • Sunday, Nov. 4: Russian filmmaker Maxim Pozdorovkin, in person, with “Our New President” (2018)
  • Sunday, Nov. 11: Director Travis Wilkerson presents “Did You Wonder Who Fired the Gun?” (2017)
  • Sunday, Dec. 2: Filmmaker Penny Lane presents “The Pain of Others” (2018) and Dean Fleischer-Camp’s “Fraud” (2018)

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