Buster Keaton – The General (1926)

This is a silent era film about a guy who needs to become a soldier in order to impress a girl. He has two loves. One is the girl. The other is “The General”. A locomotive. The General was a box office flop. It lost $700,000. This ended Keaton making his own films and forced him into a restrictive contract with MGM. Modern critics consider it to be one of the best movies ever made. I think it’s amazing that MGM would come up with a three quarter million dollar budget for a film in this time.

Readers Comments (1)

  1. It is really a wonderful family movie. Being a silent movie I was not sure how far it would be interesting to watch but as it moved further I was fully engulfed into the adventure of the simple but thorough engine driver.

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