Dream Palace

The General

+ intro by Stuart Brown, BFI Head of Programme and Acquisitions

This is, quite simply, one of the greatest comedies ever made.

Image from The General + intro by Stuart Brown, BFI Head of Programme and Acquistions

USA 1926
Dirs Buster Keaton, Clyde Bruckman
With Buster Keaton, Marion Mack, Glen Cavender
79min
Digital 4K
With live piano accompaniment by Neil Brand
U

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 for the accuracy of its costumes, sets, props and technology. In fact, the film is so visually convincing and beautiful it has been compared by critic David Robinson to Mathew Brady’s Civil War photographs.

With live piano accompaniment by Neil Brand