The General

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In Brief: A highlight of Buster Keaton’s canon, The General (1926) is one of the purest examples of what made him such a noteworthy cinematic force. This film has it all, from Keaton’s death-defying stunts to some of the best physical comedy he ever committed to celluloid. This film is Keaton in his maturity as a filmmaker. It also marks the last time he had complete creative control over one of his films. The film’s Civil War setting threw some critics upon its release, but reevaluation was not long in coming, and it is now generally placed high in the pantheon of silent masterworks, and rightfully so. Easily one of Keaton’s most cohesive and coherent works, The General was a favorite of Orson Welles among many, many others. Really, any Keaton is good Keaton, but The General is without doubt one of his best.  
Genre: Silent Comedy
Director: Buster Keaton
Starring: Buster Keaton, Marion Mack, Charles Smith, Glen Cavender
Rated: NR

The Asheville Film Society will screen The General Tuesday, Aug. 23, at 7:30 p.m. at Grail Moviehouse, hosted by Xpress movie critic Scott Douglas.


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