22.04. ‐ 27.04.2025

Lolita Knockout Ensemble Live // The General (Der General)

Buster Keaton, Clyde Bruckman

Musical full steam ahead, the *Lolita Knockout Ensemble* fires up *Buster Keaton’s* comedy *_The General_*. However, this 1926 silent movie classic is already by itself quite exciting, because *Buster Keaton* in the role of conductor Johnnie Gray goes on a breathless wild chase for his locomotive, the General, which has been abducted in the turmoil of the American Civil War. For Johnnie it is about nothing less but love, life, and death. And thanks to his inexhaustible ingeniousness, after a series of incomparable gags and mishaps he decides over the outcome of a decisive battle. *Rainer Michel*, a resourceful film musician and front man of the *Lolita Knockout Ensemble*, has composed fresh music for this tragicomic masterpiece about the irony of the war. It accompanies the perfect construction of gag and originality of the General with jazz beats and modern classical music. In the course of this, a historic _“Böhmat”_ is used, which aficionados of historic music instruments will recognize as the automatic backing machine of an old Böhm organ. It reinforces the historic-documentary authenticity of the film and amplifies the improvisatory spirit of the virtuoso musicians around *Rainer Michel*. *_The General_* provides not only filmic delight at its best but also 80 minutes of tempo and diverse live music enjoyment. *The Lolita Knockout Ensemble:*  *Composition:* Rainer Michel *Böhmat, Guitar:* Rainer Michel *Guitars:* Ali Neander *Accordion:* Martin Wagner *Cello:* Raphael Zweifel *Woodwinds:* Matthias Dörsam

_This event can not be booked within our Ticket Bundles 3 and 5!_

1 April 2016

20:00 h,

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Direction Buster Keaton, Clyde Bruckman
Year USA 1926
Duration 78 min
Language silent film with live music
Production Joseph Schenk
Cast Buster Keaton, Marion Mack, Charles Henry Smith u.a.
Camera Bert Haines, J. Devereux Jennings
Script Clyde Bruckman, Al Boasberg, Charles Smith (nach der literarischen Vorlage von William Pittenger)
Editing Buster Keaton, J. Sherman Kell

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