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Screengem: Keaton’s Train in The General (Buster Keaton & Clyde Bruckman, 1926)

One of the most fondly remembered works of silent cinema, Keaton and Bruckman’s The General is a masterpiece in both daring comic performance and narrative simplicity – many of the greatest visual jokes ever filmed all revolve around one man and his train. That man is Johnnie Gray (Keaton), a railroad engineer whose attempt to enlist […]

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One Sheet: The General (Buster Keaton, Clyde Bruckman, 1926)

Buster Keaton’s 1926 masterpiece The General is one of the defining works of silent cinema, providing some of the greatest comedic moments ever committed to celluloid, while helping to forge the language of that most characteristically American genre, the Western. Fittingly, this benchmark piece of cinema has also inspired a series of surpassingly beautiful designs […]