• Nathan Sizemore

    ★★★★★ Rewatched by Nathan Sizemore 19 Jul, 2016

    95/100 (4)

    The General is a film of incredible scale unlike anything Keaton had previously done. He crashed a train off a burning bridge. He staged huge battle sequences. But what I find equally impressive are the scenes which I assume were shot from a vehicle driving alongside the train which show Buster going to and fro from the engine to the rear, chopping holes in freight cars or looking for his pursuers down the track behind. These shots were…

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  • TristanD5

    ★★★½ Rewatched by TristanD5 16 Jul, 2016

    An excellent showcase of Buster Keaton's comedic genius. After 90 years though, it certainly shows its age. Still, a classic in terms of both comedy and cinema.

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  • Peter Beck

    ★★★★½ Watched by Peter Beck 14 Jul, 2016

    Rating: 90/100
    A pure work of art by Buster Keaton that proves great movies are timeless. I recommend this to everyone, especially that friend that insists black & white movies suck.

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  • Audrey Karloff

    ★★★½ Watched by Audrey Karloff 13 Jul, 2016

    Bit of a slow start, which I'm beginning to realize is a feature of Keaton's films. You have to spend some time learning who his character is and what his aspirations (usually romantic) are before you get to the high concept. In this one I was bored stiff until those damned yankees stole the train, and then suddenly it became brilliant. Gag after gag, stunt after stunt, and the reintroduction of the love interest felt pretty fresh despite this picture being 90 years old. Thoroughly enjoyed this, and glad I finally got around to watching it.

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  • sprungbok

    ★★★ Watched by sprungbok 14 Jul, 2016

    ya mostly fun and he's better than ch*plin but .. it's pro-confederacy/the south .... man.. :-////////////

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  • Ryan

    ★★★½ Watched by Ryan 13 Jul, 2016

    July 2016 Scavenger Hunt
    Film #12
    15. A movie featuring a train ride.
    My List: letterboxd.com/strangah/list/july-2016-scavenger-hunt-16/

    I can't deny the prestige of this film. And I certainly won't imply to understand the difficulty in the making of it or the impact it had on film-making going forward. But for me, it's a very good film that stands the test of time. I don't think it's the best Buster Keaton film I've seen (and this is only number 3). But it's…

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  • Chloë Barrington

    ★★★★★ Rewatched by Chloë Barrington 13 Jul, 2016

    A comedic masterpiece with amazing stuntwork and comedic delivery from Buster Keaton.

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  • ns bishop

    ★★★½ Watched by ns bishop 10 Jul, 2015

    I think The General (78 minutes) is the best of Keaton's films. The film (adapted from a book titled The Great Locomotive Chase by William Pittenger) is set in the South during the Civil War and Keaton is Johnnie Gray, a railroad engineer in love with Annabelle Lee. He wants to enlist, but is rejected, and ends up being a daring hero as the engineer of the Confederate train (titled General) that helps prevent the Northern Army’s supply trains from…

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  • Smiler Grogan

    ★★★★ Rewatched by Smiler Grogan 10 Jul, 2016

    Film #4 of Silent Sunday Nights!
    letterboxd.com/kikuchisawa/list/smiler-grogans-silent-sunday-nights/

    I'm back to talk about another silent comedy classic, and this time, it's Buster Keaton in The General!

    The title refers to a steam locomotive owned by the film's main character, Johnnie Gray, played by Keaton, who enlists to join the Confederate Army in the Civil War, but is rejected for being an engineer. But, when Union soldiers come in and steal his train and kidnap his crush, he takes matters into his…

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  • beigel

    ★★★★★ Watched by beigel 09 Jul, 2016

    1920s mad max fury road I LOVED IT

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  • annewithe

    ★★★★ Watched by annewithe 05 Jul, 2016

    I almost forgot I'd started a little challenge for this year. I guess I could have finished by now if I hadn't been sidetracked by other films. There are still a good many films left to see on my list and there's really no excuse not to continue now. So I did with this Buster Keaton classic. I didn't know it was going to be an action packed film with a lot of excitement and thrilling moments, -- Keaton did…

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  • Matthew Blankman

    ★★★★★ Rewatched by Matthew Blankman 04 Jul, 2016

    Yes, thank you.

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