Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Sight & Sound Challenge: The General (1926)

Film: The General (120/250) 
First Time/Rewatch: Rewatch

I've long been a fan of Buster Keaton. While this film isn't my favorite of his (I prefer Sherlock Jr., The Cameraman, and Steamboat Bill Jr.), I definitely admire his ambition. The scale of the project (that train!) is worth applauding and Keaton performs his stone-faced stunts with his usual ease. I love the scene where Keaton is clinging to the front of the train, scrambling to get the pieces of wood off the tracks. Then of course there is the famous shot of Keaton looking forlorn, sitting momentarily on the drive-rod of the train and it begins to move him up and down while he barely notices. It's a classic of the silent era and a must-see for anyone looking to increase their silent movie street cred. And if you find that you enjoy Buster's antics, there are a number of his short films on Hulu for you to devour. It's a goldmine of comedy!

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