Great Moments In Film – The General (1927)

The General is one of Buster Keaton’s masterpieces. At this point, he’s already gotten his train engine The General back (as we as the girl). Union troops have been chasing him for a long while. This is the the beginning of the film’s climatic battle.

Filmed in Oregon, this is most expensive stunt of the silent film era. No, ladies and gentlemen, there aren’t any models used here. That is a real, honest to goodness train. I absolutely love the look of the Union commander’s face, which I think says it all. Afterward, it shows some of he battle, complete with Keaton’s classic slapstick style.

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~ by chrislejarzar on August 25, 2010.

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