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Big screen classics

The General

+ intro by Geoff Andrew, Programmer-at-large

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

Image from The General + intro by Geoff Andrew, Programmer-at-large

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

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.

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