24. The General

2 Jul

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dir. Clyde Bruckman, Buster Keaton

It’s hard to imagine an audience not being marveled by the technical, physical, and comedic achievements in Buster Keaton’s The General. At the time of its release, the film was considered a flop critically and financially. Today, in an age when so many amazing cinematic visuals can be created digitally, viewers can appreciate The General to a degree that the audience of its time never could. Keaton’s comedic timing and absolute dedication to his vision is seen from beginning to end in heart-stopping fashion. What we see on screen is not an optical illusion. There are no special effects that will age poorly. There’s no suspension of disbelief necessary in The General, you believe and are enthralled by it from beginning to end.

One Response to “24. The General”

  1. Doc Benson July 2, 2016 at 2:36 pm #

    One of my personal favorites by my favorite actor.

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