Often listed among the ten best films of all time, The General (1926) is Keaton's greatest work, at once a full scale epic and a wonderful comedy. It is memorable for Keaton's playful comic inventiveness and the strong story-line of a single, brave, but foolish Southern Confederate train engineer doggedly in pursuit of his passionately-loved locomotive ("The General") AND the woman he loves.
The climax of the film includes a spectacular moment in which a bridge collapses as a railroad train crosses it. Keaton filmed the collapse using 500 extras from the Oregon National Guard who dressed up in Union uniforms and were filmed going left-to-right before changing into Confederate uniforms to be filmed going right-to-left. A financial and critical failure in its time, The General is now considered one of the masterpieces of cinema history. 107 min.
Festival Tent (View)
Festival Tent, 10701 Palette Dr., across from The Hill House.
Mendocino, CA 95460
|Kid Friendly: Yes!|
|Dog Friendly: No|
|Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!|