The General

Consistently ranked among the greatest films ever made, Buster Keaton's THE GENERAL is so brilliantly conceived and executed that it continues to inspire awe and laughter wit... Read more

The General

Directed by Clyde Bruckman and Buster Keaton

Year: 1926
Running Time: 78
Color Type: Tinted B&W
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
Country: U.S.
Language: English intertitles.
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The General

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Marian Mack
Buster Keaton

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Directed by Clyde Bruckman and Buster Keaton


Consistently ranked among the greatest films ever made, Buster Keaton's THE GENERAL is so brilliantly conceived and executed that it continues to inspire awe and laughter with every viewing. This Kino Ultimate Disc Edition was mastered in HD from a 35mm archive print struck from the original camera negative.

Rejected by the Confederate army and taken for a coward by his beloved Annabelle Lee (Marion Mack), young Johnny Gray (Keaton) is given a chance to redeem himself when Yankee spies steal his cherished locomotive. Johnny wages a one-man war against hijackers, an errant cannon and the unpredictable hand of fate while roaring along the iron rails. "Every shot has the authenticity and the unassuming correct composition of a Mathew Brady Civil War photograph," wrote film historian David Robinson, "No one - not even Griffith or Huston and certainly not Fleming (Gone With the Wind) - caught the visual aspect of the Civil War as Keaton did."  New 2K restoration by Lobster Films coming soon!

Reviews

Even in our anything-is-possible digital age, it's still a wonder to see the quicksilver Keaton executing mathematically precise, guffaw-inducing gags and pratfalls. A sublime comedy, The General is also a Civil War tintype brought to stately life. Kino's two-disc set includes a sharp new transfer and musty TV intros from a Norma Desmond-esque Gloria Swanson and Keaton fan Orson Welles, who hails the film as ''a hundred times more stunning visually than Gone With the Wind.'' GRADE: A, Tim Purtell, Entertainment Weekly

"FOUR STARS - One of Keaton's Best Silent Features." - Leonard Maltin

The #18 Greatest Film of All Time - AFI's 100 Years...100 Movies

Buster Keaton's The General, from 1927, I think is still one of the great films of all time. They've just released a beautiful Blu-ray disc of that movie -- so if you haven't seen it, go get the Blu-ray and treat yourself to one of the most incredible filmmakers at the height of his power. - Peter Jackson (Director, The Lord of the Rings)

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PLAYDATES

Venue City Date
Austin Film Society Austin 1507953600October 14 - October 15, 2017
UCLA / Melnitz Movies Los Angeles 1503201600August 20, 2017
Vickers Theatre Three Oaks 1503028800August 18, 2017
Paramount Theatre - Austin Austin 1501300800July 29, 2017
Rose Theatre Port Townsend 1498363200June 25, 2017
Cary Theater Cary 1495166400May 19, 2017
Cleveland Cinematheque Cleveland 1492228800April 15, 2017
Alamo Drafthouse Yonkers Yonkers 1491624000April 8, 2017
Metrograph New York 1489208400March 11 - March 12, 2017
Amherst Cinema Amherst 1487394000February 18, 2017
Amherst Theatre - Buffalo Buffalo 1485838800January 31, 2017
Pacific Film Archive Berkeley 1484974800January 21, 2017
Peery's Egyptian Theater Ogden 1484370000January 14, 2017
Chalmette Movies Chalmette 1480827600December 4 - December 5, 2016
Bytowne Cinema Ottawa 1479618000November 20 - November 21, 2016


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