The General

Many critics consider The General to be the last great comedy of the silent era, and it consistently ranks as one of the greatest films of all time on international critics’ polls.

Set during the Civil War and based on a true incident, the film is also an authentic-looking period piece that brings the scope and realism of Matthew Brady-like images to brilliant life. Keaton portrays engineer Johnnie Gray, rejected by the Confederate Army and thought a coward by his girlfriend (Marion Mack). When a band of Union soldiers penetrate Confederate lines to steal his locomotive, Johnnie Gray sets off in pursuit. Seven of the film’s eight reels are devoted to the chase, featuring hilarious comedy and amazing stunts performed by Keaton himself.

2013 TCM Film Festival  4K Restoration Premiere
2013 Cannes Film Festival  Cinema de la Plage

> Read Roger Ebert's glowing review of The General

Buster Keaton is one of the very greatest filmmakers ever to get behind a camera.
British Film Institute
Only superlatives will do to describe Keaton’s hilarious Civil War dramatic comedy.
Time Out
Buster Keaton's timeless 1926 silent The General is the perfect chase movie…See it and gasp.
Time Out
Spearheading the BFI's Buster Keaton season is this 4K restoration of his 1926 masterpiece, a jaw-plunging blend opt physical dexterity and bravura moviemaking.
Total Film
The pioneering genius of Buster Keaton's 1926 silent film The General looks even more startling than ever…more or less invented the action movie.
The Guardian
It's hard to imagine Keaton's 1926 masterpiece ever becoming so dated it ceases to be utterly enjoyable.
The Sunday Times
2014 BFI Retrospective
In 2014, London's BFI presents a major retrospective on Buster Keaton's work, featuring many of Cohen Film Collection's restored prints. (read more)
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