Monday, March 15, 2010

#32. The General (1927)

In detail: IMDB Wikipedia 
Watched: 3
Remained: 998 to go
Days: 3
Watched on: Sunday, March 14th, 2010
Place: At home

They don't make them like this anymore!

The movie is absolutely hilarious from the start to the end. I heard that Keaton and other comedians studied the public's reaction in the previews to make each scene to last the exact time. After seeing how timely each joke is in this movie, that doesn't seem an exaggeration. The story is apparently based on a military raid during the American Civil War. Some volunteers from the Union Army steal a Southern train and the locomotive engineer, Buster, goes on a crazy chase to recover it. The pursuit is brilliantly constructed with Buster showing all his acrobatics all over the train. In a beautiful symmetry, the chase is repeated, joke after joke, with the roles reversed, when Buster is trying to reach the Southern lines.

The movie contains a lot of memorable scenes. For instance, to pick just one, the whole sequence with the cannon is unforgettable.

The film is definitely a "must-see".

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