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2018 Movies on the Roof

Movies on the Roof is a private movie festival run by Laura Lanford and Thomas Rammer. We screen classic American cinema Tuesday evenings during summer on a rooftop in Printer's Row.

Week 4: THE GENERAL

The 1926 silent film "The General" is both the earliest film MotR has shown and one of the greatest silent comedies.  Based on a real incident from the Civil War, the railroad agreed to let Mr. Keaton use the locomotive from the original incident...until they found out the movie would be a comedy. The real incident -- in which Union soldiers sabotaged Confederate rails -- was not considered comedic material by the depot in Tennessee where the locomotive was kept.

Though not a critical or box-office success when released, it is now #18 on the The American Film Institutes "100 Years...100 Movies" greatest films list.

MotR Fun fact: Keaton's "The General" won out over Chaplin's "The Great Dictator" to avoid hitting too close to home this election year.
 

MotR 2017