14th December 2024 // The General

THE GENERAL (CERT. U)
USA 1926 DIRECTED BY CLYDE BRUCKMAN, BUSTER KEATON
BLACK AND WHITE 78 MINS
WITH: BUSTER KEATON, MARION MACK

This meticulous recreation of the American Civil War period features Keaton as
an engine-driver who sets out to retrieve his locomotive from the enemy,
demonstrating the most amazing physical stunts in the process.

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95th in Sight and Sound’s 2022 Greatest Films of All Time poll.

‘It has the best script of any Keaton film. Each visual concept is unique and ingenious.
Artistry of the highest level, and it’s hilarious!’ – Robert Mitchell

‘The high-water mark for action-movies for close to a hundred years. Keaton’s innovation
and fearlessness were second to none and his screen persona electrifies today.’ – Andrei
Liimets

‘Breath-taking comic episodes, elegantly composed and edited by an auteur with the mind
of a civil engineer.’ – Noel Carroll

‘The humour ranges from the gentle to the exhilarating, while the drama of the railtrackchase
has a visual beauty that puts this comedy into the category of true classic.’ – Radio
Times

‘Slow-starting, then hilarious action-comedy … its sequence of sight-gags, each topping
the one before, is an incredible joy to behold.’ – Leslie Halliwell