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Big screen classics

The General

Buster Keaton’s masterpiece boasts a beautifully convincing recreation of America during the Civil War.

Image from The General

USA 1926
Dirs Buster Keaton, Clyde Bruckman
With Buster Keaton, Marion Mack, Glen Cavender
79min
Digital 4K
Certificate U
Carl Davis score

Keaton’s masterpiece – a Civil War chase-movie in which a railway driver goes in solo pursuit of his engine, hijacked by enemy spies – is one of the greatest comedies ever made. It’s also remarkable, however, for the accuracy of its costumes, sets, props and technology. Visually convincing and beautiful, it’s been compared by critic David Robinson to Mathew Brady’s Civil War photographs.

The screening on Wed 16 Oct will be introduced by Geoff Andrew, Programmer-at-large, and feature live piano accompaniment.

Also available on BFI Player.


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