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Silent Movie Night Jan. 26 Features ‘The General’

A burning bridge collapsing as a steam locomotive attempts to cross it is said to be the most expensive scene shot during the silent film era. It is one of many classic scenes from Buster Keaton's "The General," to be shown at 7 p.m. Jan. 26 at the Church of the Resurrection in Oswego.

A burning bridge collapsing as a steam locomotive attempts to cross it is said to be the most expensive scene shot during the silent film era. It is one of many classic scenes from Buster Keaton's "The General," to be shown at 7 p.m. Jan. 26 at the Church of the Resurrection in Oswego.

A burning bridge collapsing as a steam locomotive attempts to cross it is said to be the most expensive scene shot during the silent film era. It is one of many classic scenes from Buster Keaton's "The General," to be shown at 7 p.m. Jan. 26 at the Church of the Resurrection in Oswego.
A burning bridge collapsing as a steam locomotive attempts to cross it is said to be the most expensive scene shot during the silent film era. It is one of many classic scenes from Buster Keaton’s “The General,” to be shown at 7 p.m. Jan. 26 at the Church of the Resurrection in Oswego.

OSWEGO – Bruce and Nancy Radloff will screen the Buster Keaton masterpiece “The General” at 7 p.m. Jan. 26, at the Church of the Resurrection in Oswego.

Nancy Radloff will accompany the film on piano.

The event, the church’s second annual Silent Movie Night, will be open to the public and donations are welcome.

Refreshments — popcorn, soda, punch — will be provided.

The Church of the Resurrection, Oswego’s Episcopal church, is at the corner of West Fifth and Cayuga streets.

The entry to the church’s Great Hall, where the movie will be shown, faces Cayuga Street.

Buster Keaton's physical talents would rival Jackie Chan's. They are on display, both heroically and comically, in "The General," to be shown at 7 p.m. Jan. 26 at the Church of the Resurrection in Oswego.
Buster Keaton’s physical talents would rival Jackie Chan’s. They are on display, both heroically and comically, in “The General,” to be shown at 7 p.m. Jan. 26 at the Church of the Resurrection in Oswego.

Critics voted “The General” one of the 10 greatest movies of all time in consecutive polls by Sight & Sound magazine.

Keaton based the 1926 film on an actual incident in the Civil War involving a hijacked Confederate locomotive called the General.

The movie mixes intense action — including a train crashing from a burning bridge — with historical authenticity, comedy and romance.

“‘The General’ is a peephole into history and by any definition an uncannily beautiful film,” wrote Gary Giddins in Slate. “Keaton’s authenticity and comedic understatement make ‘The General’ a surprisingly modern experience.”

The Radloffs are retired and own a vineyard in Interlaken.

A pianist, organist and composer, Nancy Saultz Radloff received her doctorate in performance from the Johns Hopkins University’s Peabody Conservatory of Music. She has performed throughout the East and Midwest on piano and pipe organ.

She was the director of music at St. John’s Church in Ithaca from 1999 to 2014 and choir director at Oswego’s Church of the Resurrection in 2015.

She served on the faculty of the Leadership Program for Musicians in Central New York from 2012 to 2014.