General (Br/Ultimate 2 Disc Edition/1926) (Blu-ray)

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Studio Kino Video
SKU 212077105
UPC 738329066925
UPC 14 00738329066925
Format Blu-Ray DVD
Keywords
Civil War
Classic
Essential Cinema
Recommended
Silent
Slapstick
Vintage
Editors Note
Note The two things engineer Johnny Gray (Buster Keaton) loves most in the world are his Southern belle sweetheart and his locomotive. When Northern spies steal the latter, the intrepid Confederate single-handedly takes on the entire Union army in order to get it back. Against a backdrop of magnificently photographed Civil War battle scenes unfolds one of the great chases in movie history. Set almost entirely aboard moving trains, Keaton's THE GENERAL is physical comedy refined to elegant perfection and widely considered to be the actor-director's greatest film.
Plot Summary
Summary Keaton created this great comedy out of an authentic episode of American history - a story about the famous Civil War locomotive. This silent gem was selected by the Library of Congress for the National Film Registry. Running times vary by supplier.
Reviews
Chicago Sun-Times "...THE GENERAL is an epic of silent comedy, one of the most expensive films of its time..." 08/31/1997 p.8
USA Today "...THE GENERAL goes beyond comedic parameters to surpass GONE WITH THE WIND as the greatest Civil War movie..." 11/05/1999 p.6E
Premiere "...Keaton's brand of comedy -- the poker-faced everyman character, the elaborately constructed stunts that seem to work accidentally -- has influenced all generations of comic actors..." 12/01/2003 p.3
Uncut 5 stars out of 5 -- "Every stunt takes place before the camera in real-time....THE GENERAL remains a breathless, beautiful delight." 03/01/2006 p.128
Entertainment Weekly "[I]t's still a wonder to see the quicksilver Keaton executing mathematically precise, guffaw-inducing gags and pratfalls. A sublime comedy..." -- Grade: A 11/21/2008 p.102
A.V. Club "Perhaps the first action comedy, Buster Keaton's defining 11926 classic THE GENERAL makes great use of Keaton's laws-of-physics defying body and face..." 12/09/2009
Directors
Buster Keaton
Clyde Bruckman
Actors
Name Keaton,Buster
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Cast & Crew
Buster Keaton - Star
Charles Smith - Star
Frank Barnes - Star
Joe Keaton - Star
Marion Mack - Star
Buster Keaton - Director
Clyde Bruckman - Director
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1927
UPC 00738329066925
Number of Discs 2
Running Time 78 minutes
Color B&W
Product Attributes
Actor Keaton,Buster
Label Kino International
Music Format Blu-ray DVD
Video Format DVD

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