The General (1926)
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Buster Keaton plays Johnny Gray, a Southern railroad engineer who loves his train engine, The General, almost as much as he loves Annabelle Lee (Marion Mack). When the opening shots of the Civil War are fired at Fort Sumter, Johnny tries to enlist -- and he is deemed too useful as an engineer to be a soldier. All Johnny knows is that he's been rejected, and Annabelle, thinking him a coward, turns her back on him. When Northern spies steal the General (and, unwittingly, Annabelle), the story
Feb 5, 1927 Wide
Oct 26, 1999
United Artists Films
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Frank S. Hagney
Charles H. Smith
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Only superlatives will do to describe Keaton's hilarious Civil War dramatic comedy.
[Keaton's films] have such a graceful perfection, such a meshing of story, character and episode, that they unfold like music.
[VIDEO ESSAY] There was only one Buster Keaton. "The General" is his swansong.
he General is the highlight of his career's tragicomic performances, featuring not just the awe-inspiring stunts that were his bread and butter, but also a level of fluidity only he and Chaplin attained at the top of their games.
Keaton proves as endlessly clever and athletic as his screen surrogates...chock-full of hilarious sight gags, including bits of business that incorporate moving trains, cow-catchers, a bear (and bear trap), and a misbehaving cannon. [Blu-ray]
The General isn't likely to be the favorite opus of the star's purist fans, but it's the one with the trappings of ambition and historical poesy
Spectacular chases, fires and explosions are captured with fluid camerawork. There are no stunt doubles for Keaton and of course no digital effects.
Amongst the greatest of all silent comedies, The General isn't just important, it's bloody hilarious.
One of the greatest comedies ever produced. It is Keaton at his inventive best.
Silent classic is one of Keaton's best
Keaton's genius has never found more perfect expression.
Begins with a single, brilliantly sustained premise and works it into an engaging story with edge-of-your-seat excitement and stunningly conceived stunts and sight gags.
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