January 2018, arsenal cinema

Classics not only for children

THE GENERAL, 1926

Slapstick numbers and precisely timed gestures, mimicry and movements are not necessarily associated with improvisation - the theme of January’s Magical History Tour. Yet, the Marx Brothers, Stan Laurel & Oliver Hardy and Buster Keaton are known for their love of improvisation in the rehearsal phase, as well as during shoots.

THE GENERAL (Clyde Bruckman, B. Keaton, USA 1926, 7., 14., 28.1.) Five screenwriters worked on the adaptation of the book that THE GENERAL is based upon. But Buster Keaton improvised various gags and details during the shoot itself. The result is a sometimes surreal civil war comedy about a locomotive driver (Keaton) who rescues not only his   adored Annabelle but also his beloved locomotive, "The General", from the enemy, completely underestimating the risks at hand. (mg)

arsenal cinema: Public Screening – The Harun Farocki Institut presents

07:00 pm Cinema 2


Logik des Gefühls

*Logik des Gefühls Ingo Kratisch Screenplay: Jutta Sartory
FRG 1981 With Rüdiger Vogler, Daphne Moore, Grischa Huber, Sabine Andreas, Hanns Zischler
35 mm 98 min

Ingo Kratisch and Jutta Sartory in person Presented by Harun Farocki Institut
arsenal cinema: Ernst Lubitsch Retrospective (2)

07:30 pm Cinema 1


So This Is Paris

So This Is Paris USA 1926
35 mm English Intertitles 73 min
New print from 2014: Preserved by the Library of Congress

Eunice Martins on grand piano