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All audiences
Buster Keaton & Clyde Bruckman, 1927 76 minutes USA black & white, silent film 8 January 2017 no subtitles

Buster Keaton’s THE GENERAL is one of the first films shown at our original cinema 'Filmhuis Maastricht'. To celebrate our 40th anniversary we show the brand-new digitally restored version. Written especially for the occasion and performed live is a new score for the film by composer and film scholar Kevin Toma.

Train driver Buster Keaton gives chase when Union agents steal his locomotive in this classic silent comedy set at the time of the American Civil War.

Taking inspiration from a real Civil War incident when Union soldiers hijacked a Confederate train, THE GENERAL was silent comedian Buster Keaton's most grandly conceived project. The train driver who goes in dogged pursuit of his beloved engine is a classic Keaton character: stoical, determined and preternaturally straight-faced as chaos reigns around him. The film is a seamless blend of action and comedy, involving a great number of stunts - including the famous sequence in which a bridge bearing a railroad train collapses into a gorge. The great expense that such moments incurred was remembered when the film was a commercial disaster, to the cost of Keaton's future creative freedoms. Only decades later was THE GENERAL recognised as one of silent cinema's films.