HIC & Yorkshire Silent Film Festival


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HIC & Yorkshire Silent Film Festival

Yorkshire Silent: The General (U)

Dir: Buster Keaton, Clyde Bruckman | 1926 | UK | Cert U | 79 mins I Silent with English title cards

Live improvised score by Jonny Best (piano) and Trevor Bartlett (percussion).

The General is considered the last great comedy of the silent era, and it consistently ranks as one of the greatest comedies of all time on international critics' polls.

Keaton portrays the engineer Johnnie Gray, who is rejected by the Confederate Army and then suffers the further humiliation of his girlfriend thinking him a coward. When a small band of Union soldiers penetrate far beyond Confederate lines to steal his locomotive, Johnnie sets off in hot pursuit. Seven of the film's eight reels are devoted to the chase, with its orchestration of thrills and comedy.

PLEAE NOTE: This film will play without any adverts or trailers, preceded by short introduction from Yorkshire Silents.

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‘Spectacular chases, fires and explosions are captured with fluid camerawork. There are no stunt doubles for Keaton and of course no digital effects.’

Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian

‘[Keaton's films] have such a graceful perfection, such a meshing of story, character and episode, that they unfold like music.’

Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times