"Johnnie loves his train "The General" and Annabelle Lee.
When the Civil War begins, he is turned down for service because he's more valuable as an engineer.
Annabelle thinks it's because he's a coward.
Union spies capture The General with Annabelle on board.
Johnnie must rescue both his loves."
The General is a silent film inspired by the Great Locomotive Chase of 1862. The film stars Buster Keaton who also co-directed it with Clyde Bruckman.
At the time of its first release, this action-adventure-comedy wasn't well received by either critics or audiences, resulting in profits of roughly half a million dollars domestically and approximately one million worldwide.
The General had a then huge budget of $750,000 but due to its failure to return a significant profit, Keaton lost his independence as a filmmaker and was forced into a restrictive deal with MGM.
Nowadays The General is considered by critics to be one of the greatest films ever made and in 2007 it was ranked number eighteen by the American Film Institute in the list of the 100 best American films of all time.
Did you know that the failure of the original copyright holder to renew the copyright resulted in it falling into public domain in the USA, meaning that anyone could duplicate and sell a VHS/DVD copy of the film making many copies on the open market of poor quality.
Have you seen The General? What did you think?
Have you ever seen a silent film? I haven't seen many to be honest, I think just two of them (or possibly three, I have a very vague memory of watching something with Lillian Gish in it). I picked The General up as it was 99p and I thought it'd be nice to see a Buster Keaton film and I genuinely enjoyed it. The other silent film I've seen is 1928's The Wedding March, starring Zasu Pitts.