The General

dir. Clyde Bruckman and Buster Keaton

The General Poster
One of the most revered comedies of the silent era, The General finds hapless Southern railroad engineer Johnny Gray (Buster Keaton) facing off against Union soldiers during the American Civil War. When Johnny’s fiancee, Annabelle Lee (Marion Mack) is accidentally taken away while on a train stolen by Northern forces, Gray pursues the soldiers, using various modes of transportation in comic action scenes that highlight Keaton’s boundless wit and dexterity.


The music that Orton wrote for these screenings is perfection, too. It entirely avoids jaunty pipe organ wackiness, aiming instead for a rustic vibe anchored by Orton’s folk-blues guitar and banjo, some tasteful percussion, and the gentle sweep of the string section. It’s complementary without being showy or obtrusive, allowing you to get lost in the grand visuals Keaton committed to film.” – The Portland Mercury


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