A gorgeous miniature from the maestro. If it has any flaw, it is that it is "unfinished". If the likes of Grand Illusion, Rules of the Game, and The River can be seen as Renoir's great cinematic symphonies, then A Day in the Country is a sublime and stirring piece of chamber music. A delicate visual string quartet in two movements.
You gotta admire what these motivated Lovecraft-geeks have done here, and with their prior silent adaptation of "The Call of Cthulhu". Both films are shot on the double cheap in the true, modern guerilla-filmmaking spirit. They are also the most faithful Lovecraft adaptations ever produced.
In the entry for The General in Jim Kline's fabulous The Complete Films of Buster Keaton he wrote the following...
"If someone wanted to know just who the real Buster Keaton was, what kind of personality he had, what he was really like as a flesh-and-blood human being, one need only watch The General... it is Keaton's most personal film, embodying his personality, his essence, his spirit, more than any one he ever made, more than any interview he ever…