• Alex Austein

    ★★★★ Watched by Alex Austein 26 Jan, 2015

    Great and a sheer classic, but doesn't feel as magical or effusive as SHERLOCK JR. This seems to be regarded as Keaton's "magnum opus", but I felt the comparatively more ambitious narrative worked against his sensibilities. Nevertheless, its got several stellar chase scenes and some of the best early era action sequences I've seen. Though repetitive with shots and scenery, THE GENERAL maintains a vibrant energy and a comedic understanding within a story that wouldn't feel out of place in an old-timey American epic.


  • John Barlow

    ★★★★★ Rewatched by John Barlow 26 Jan, 2015

    Always great. Always great. I never tire of this one.


  • MovieMeditation

    ★★★★½ Watched by MovieMeditation 18 Jan, 2015

    I love silent comedy films and Charlie Chapin was what mainly introduced me to silent movies of that era. Buster Keaton on the other hand I knew about, but I had actually never seen a film of his before and therefore The General is my very first introduction to his films and comedic style... and how did I just love it! I would never compare Chaplin and Keaton, since they seem to have a completely different comedic and cinematic vibe.…


  • Steven Flores

    Watched by Steven Flores 20 Jan, 2015

    A truly sensational and funny film from Buster Keaton and Clyde Bruckman as it's truly one of Keaton's most defining films as well as one of the essential films in silent-era comedies.


  • Jordan Ferrero

    ★★★★★ Watched by Jordan Ferrero 18 Jan, 2015

    With a extremely fast pace and, perhaps the greatest train chase sequence ever filmed, The General is fantastic adventure comedy on a grand scale. Only my second Buster Keaton film, although something tells me this is his masterpiece.


  • Scott D'Agostino

    ★★★★★ Rewatched by Scott D'Agostino 17 Jan, 2015

    Buster Keaton's best film and one of the best silent films too.


  • Jessica Bowman

    ★★★ Watched by Jessica Bowman 13 Dec, 2014

    This weekend I was able to watch two American Film Institute movies, so I'll start with #18 - The General produced, directed and starring Buster Keaton. I had never seen a film by this iconic silent film star and he supposedly considered this his best film.

    Johnnie is a Western & Atlantic Railroad engineer going to visit his fiance Annabelle when the Civil War breaks out. He rushes to go join the Confederate Army, but is rejected because he is too…


  • James Rodrigues

    ★★★★★ Watched by James Rodrigues 15 Jan, 2015

    The second feature length film I've seen from Buster Keaton, and by the end, my consensus is the same as it was for Sherlock, Jr. Not only a masterpiece of silent cinema, but of cinema in general.

    Johnnie Gray is a sweet, kind hearted lead, and Buster Keaton plays him with a great amount of likability. He possesses a natural charisma that is conveyed through his effortless slapstick, and the hapless blunders he's unwittingly thrown into.

    Clyde Bruckman and Keaton…


  • Jeff Broitman

    ★★½ Watched by Jeff Broitman 10 Jan, 2015 2

    I am genuinely surprised at how disappointed I was finally seeing Buster Keaton's The General. After reading numerous references and multiple assessments that it is Keaton's finest work, I definitely wanted to see what all the fuss is about.
    Perhaps the onus is on me, expecting a laugh-out-loud comedy when Keaton is going after something...else. But I'm not sure what he's going after. Yes, there is artistry in Keaton's athleticism, his graceful acrobatics, his inventive and imaginative use of the…


  • ScreeningNotes

    ★★★★½ Watched by ScreeningNotes 10 Jan, 2015 7

    Part 2 of my Back to Work Recovery silent comedy double feature

    The General is only my second outing with Buster Keaton, but it's easy to see why he's such an enduring figure of the silent era. He's a master of integrating action and comedy into the same scenes. His stunts are some of the most impressive of all time (jumping around a moving train), made all the more magnificent because the star of the show is also the stunt…


  • Weishuang

    Watched by Weishuang 11 Jan, 2015

    listened by not watched


  • moondriver

    ★★★★★ Rewatched by moondriver 11 Jan, 2015

    an apex of the silent form, the general is one of those films that works perfectly as example of movies-as-moving-images. many comedic filmmakers of the time simply filmed their "acts", so to speak. buster keaton knew that he could use the camera as another part of his act to visually engage and have the audience participate in the proceedings. the camera moves; objects will slide in and out of frame, and toward and away from the camera; perspective and point-of-view…