• Mike D

    ★★★★ Watched by Mike D 27 Jul, 2015

    Clyde Bruckman's First Repose

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  • Jake Anderson

    ★★ Watched by Jake Anderson 24 Jul, 2015

    Srry to be a contrarian, but The General, first and foremost, is utterly boring. Perhaps I would've benefited the original cut rather than the bloated 1:47 one, but the comedy flat out didn't work, I perceived no charm whatsoever, and there doesn't even seem to be much originality. The story is comparable to pirates meet the damsel and distress narrative. There's a good helping of not only misogyny, but general sexism (the protagonist's lover doesn't see him as honorable until…

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  • thori

    ★★★ Watched by thori 24 Jul, 2015

    Im Zuge von MAD MAX: FURY ROAD habe ich immer wieder von diesem Stummfilmklassiker gehört und gelesen...
    Und tatsächlich: Die Verfolgungsjagden mit Dampflokomotiven aus dem Sezessionskrieg machen THE GENERAL zum wahrscheinlich besten Film seiner Ära den ich jemals gesehen habe, auch wenn das eine durchaus überschaubare Anzahl an Streifen ist.
    Unglaublich viele originelle Ideen und für seine Zeit technisch und dramaturgisch phantastisch umgesetzt. Gut man muß für die zahlreichen, für die Zeit typischen, Slapstick-Einlagen Verständnis aufbringen aber wenn einen das…

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  • Xplodera

    ★★★★ Watched by Xplodera 20 Jul, 2015

    “There were two loves in his life”

    Buster Keaton’s classic The General isn’t really a movie to watch for its story, but for some high-octane action comedy. The film’s only real flaws lies in the thin plot, Keaton’s vaguely platonic relationship to his fiancée Annabelle never makes Annabelle much more than a simple damsel in distress and Keaton’s unexplained eager to go out in war to murder Yankees is quite morally arguable.

    Luckily, the movie never puts much weight into…

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  • Not Dave Kehr

    Added by Not Dave Kehr

    Buster Keaton may have made more significant films, but The General (1927) stands as an almost perfect entertainment. Keaton is a locomotive engineer in the Civil War south whose train is hijacked by Union spies; his attempts to bring it back become a strangely moving and very funny account of man's love for machine. Marion Mack is the girl, who can't quite compete.

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  • Bennett Malcolmson

    Watched by Bennett Malcolmson 15 Jul, 2015

    Quick fire reviews to help me catch up: Buster Keaton is a genius and so is The General. It's truly a marvel of cinema, and still hilarious after all these years. Chaplin's still my man though.

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  • lcgrant03

    ★★½ Added by lcgrant03

    I saw this film as part of a music festival where the music was played live with the film. Wonderful experience.

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  • Mr. Knoll

    ★★★★ Added by Mr. Knoll

    The General could be described as the Avatar of the 1920s: they're both mostly empty, simplistic movies on a narrative level that nonetheless satisfy by coasting on sheer, perfectly-executed "wow" factor. The only things Keaton's film really has over Cameron's are that 1) it's funny and 2) it hasn't yet been forgotten.

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  • Katherine Cavanagh

    ★★★½ Watched by Katherine Cavanagh 16 Jul, 2015

    Funny, enjoyable and easy to watch. Reminds me I need to see more Buster Keaton and Charlie Chaplin.

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  • Wirbelwurm

    ★★★★★ Watched by Wirbelwurm 15 Jul, 2015

    Mad Max: Fury Rails

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  • Blair Russell

    ★★★★★ Added by Blair Russell

    This wasn't the plan but last night I ended up watching another film I had seen a handful of times before and yet the last viewing was years ago. I now regret not revisiting this sooner.

    The plot is simple yet effective: Johnnie Gray (Buster Keaton) is an engineer on a railroad so he is deemed valuable and thus can't sign up to join the Confederacy in the Civil War. I imagine there are a few who object to that…

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  • Hernan Fernandez

    ★★★★½ Added by Hernan Fernandez

    Esta rodada por una perfección y elegancia imperdible, con un actorazo (sus gestos, movimientos, ideas y objetivo HACE la peli) y una premisa que supone aventura pura y divertida.
    Un film con gran ritmo y una creatividad de sobra, puesta principalmente en la técnica y su forma de mostrarla en pantalla.
    Por cierto, destaco por sobretodo la batalla que se lleva a cabo casi al final de la peli, que uno se pregunta como pudieron hacerla en aquellos tiempos.
    Es…

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