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Sunday, 9 March 2014

Buster Keaton's "The General" (1926)

Buster Keaton as Johnny Gray, the engineer  of The General

Buster Keaton with Marion Mack playing his sweetheart Annabelle Lee

Today's classic film at York's Cityscreen was "The General", the 1926 silent film about the kidnapping of a railway engine named "The General" and its rescue.

Written and directed by Clyde Bruckman and Buster Keaton and based upon an actual event from the ACW, it has an epic chase by trains through great wooded and hilly locations. The film was poorly received when released but is now seen as a masterpiece and probably Keaton's best film.

Personally, I thought the film was marvellous, still very funny.

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