"The General" Returns To Oregon Screens

Aug 10, 2016

One of the more spectacular movies of the silent era is largely a product of Oregon. 

Buster Keaton on his locomotive.
Credit Wikimedia

"The General," Buster Keaton's film commemorating a famous railroad chase during the Civil War, was shot on a now-abandoned railroad east of Cottage Grove. 

Now the film is coming home, so to speak, on a tour of Oregon with spanking-new score by Portland composer Mark Orton.  "Score" in this sense means performed LIVE while the film plays on the screen.

Mark Orton joins us to talk music and the challenges of playing live with a movie.