• Trinity Martin

    ★★★★½ Watched by Trinity Martin 22 Apr, 2014

    I found this movie to be highly entertaining. I think it becomes clear very early why Buster Keaton was such a star. You can feel his charisma through the screen even though the movie is silent, and his slapstick self-effacing physical comedy was funny. I kept being reminded of Jackie Chan, and I have a feeling Chan might have watched a lot of Buster Keaton during his formative years.

    There is some stunt work here that is done by Keaton…

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  • Roger Joseph Ebert

    ★★★★★ Added by Roger Joseph Ebert

    Buster Keaton was not the Great Stone Face so much as a man who kept his composure in the center of chaos. Other silent actors might mug to get a point across, but Keaton remained observant and collected. That's one reason his best movies have aged better than those of his rival, Charlie Chaplin. He seems like a modern visitor to the world of the silent clowns.

    Consider an opening sequence in "The General” (1927), his masterpiece about a Southern…

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  • MoviePhanatic

    ★★★ Watched by MoviePhanatic 20 Apr, 2014 1

    Keaton, in my words, is a complete copier of Chaplin. The way he makes this film seems like he wants to be Chaplin with his fast actions and comical clumsiness. However it is a fine film. It's got some gorgeous cinematography and some fine performances and the music fits the mood and setting of the film perfectly. But the humor in the film isn't that funny and it is a bit slow and boring. Overall, it lacks the fun of a Chaplin film but there are some things that are very good to like here.

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  • Piper

    ★★★★ Watched by Piper 19 Apr, 2014

    It is a sad thing that The General is weighed down by so many comparisons. Technically it is a marvel unmatched by many others, and it should be appreciated as such. But people's insistence of demeaning its value by means of comparison paints an unfair picture of the genius it really is.

    War. Something that has endlessly fascinated human beings for decades. Countless films have been made about it, and will undoubtedly continue to be. The General, set at the…

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  • Alex Krajci

    ★★★ Rewatched by Alex Krajci 18 Apr, 2014

    1926's The General Is One Of My Favorite Films.

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  • Njabs Phungula

    ★★★★ Watched by Njabs Phungula 13 Apr, 2014

    Films I hope to see by the end of 2014

    My first Buster Keaton film! It's a lot of fun, I must say. Very funny and entertaining.

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  • sbaldwin16

    ★★★★★ Added by sbaldwin16

    If you only see one Buster Keaton film it may as well be this one. Without having seen any of his other work, I can see from this film why he is considered a comic genius and one of the funniest men of his day. The setting at first doesn't sound too promising: a train engineer's beloved train has been stolen and he must get it back. A movie that is set to take place mostly on a train and…

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  • Trevor May

    ★★★★★ Watched by Trevor May 07 Apr, 2014

    My fourth, and possibly favourite, Keaton film. Who'd have thought that an hour on a steam train could be so good?

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  • Sondre Hareide

    ★★★★½ Watched by Sondre Hareide 06 Apr, 2014 2

    This is my first feature length silent film, and it wasn't so bad. I didn't really notice after a few minutes.

    This is over all a pretty good movie. It was surprisingly funny. I'm definitely going to check out more of Buster Keaton's movies.

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  • nitsujnosnaws

    ★★★★½ Watched by nitsujnosnaws 03 Apr, 2014

    People totally under-estimate what a great actor and director like Keaton was capable in the 1920s. Marvelous.

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  • Matthew Dunseath

    ★★★★★ Watched by Matthew Dunseath 04 Apr, 2014

    The only thing more surprising than this film being a flop is the fact that incredibly, this Buster Keaton military romp is inspired and largely based on a real life train robbery in the American civil war! Seems like as good an opportunity as any for Kearon to embrace some of his most exhilarating stunts yet, with rocket paced locomotive based set-pieces, a historic war based Southern setting and a damsel in distress that actually does something useful, rather than…

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  • Robert Motherwell

    ★★★★½ Added by Robert Motherwell

    Another great viewing from my list of movies unseen from "The Story of Film An Odyssey." Granted, I'd already heard for a long time that this was a masterpiece. Buster Keaton may be at his very best in this hilarious comedy about a train conductor trying to get his train back and save the girl. In the most subversive twist, he ends up becoming a confederate soldier and hero while thwarting the Union soldiers efforts. Perhaps a tad slow in…

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