At the historic Orpheum
The Vancouver Civic Theatres Silent Movie Mondays present The General (1926)
Escape to the 1920s silent movie era at the Orpheum theatre! Vancouver Civic Theatres is thrilled to present Silent Movie Mondays, an immersive experience that screens popular silent films accompanied by dramatic music played live on the historic Wurlitzer organ – the last theatre organ in Canada still performing in its original home.
One of the most revered comedies of the silent era, The General follows hapless railroad engineer Johnny Gray (Buster Keaton) as he faces off against Union soldiers during the American Civil War. When Johnny’s fiancée, Annabelle Lee (Marion Mack), is accidentally kidnapped on a train stolen by Northern forces, Gray pursues the soldiers using various modes of transportation.
Join us in the West Coast Lounge for a pre-show performance by the Gatsby Strutters Jazz Band.
Following each show, Keith Blackmore of Vancouver Film School will host a lively discussion of the movie and the role of silent films in the evolution of film history. Guest speakers for The General are Taylor Ramos & Tony Zhou, a Vancouver-based filmmaking duo. She draws, he edits, and they write and direct together. They are the co-creators of the YouTube video essay series Every Frame a Painting and served as writer/director/producers on the David Fincher-produced Netflix series VOIR.
Their collaborative work has also been featured on FilmStruck and the Criterion Collection. Taylor has worked as a 2D animator for television for almost a decade. Her credits include Hilda, The Last Kids on Earth, Dogs in Space, Pinecone and Pony, and The Legend of the Three Caballeros. Tony has worked as an editor in features, commercials and animation since 2007. His credits include The Lego Star Wars Holiday Special, With Love and a Major Organ, Dragons: Rescue Riders and the upcoming series Megamind.
We gratefully acknowledge the financial support of the Province of British Columbia.