Buster Keaton × 3
Screening Dates
  • March 6, 2019 8:15
  • March 8, 2019 6:30
  • March 9, 2019 8:30
New Restoration

One of the great action movies.”

Quentin Tarantino

Arguably the greatest screen comedy ever made” (Geoff Andrew, Time Out), Buster Keaton’s best film remains a marvel. The General is set in the American South during the Civil War, and features the Great Stone Face as a civilian train engineer, wrongly accused of cowardice, who rescues a locomotive hijacked by Union agents. Keaton’s gift for performing complicated, often dangerous, physical comedy was never more astonishing. He was also a consummate, commanding filmmaker; The General, like much of his mature work, impresses with its pictorial beauty, fluid editing, detailed production design, inventive camerawork, superb use of locations, and elaborate, exhilarating sequence shots. The celebrated train-wreck scene was the single most expensive shot in silent cinema history. The General was voted one of the 10 best films of all time in the 1972 and 1982 Sight & Sound polls.