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General, The (BFI Film Classic) General, The (BFI Film Classic)

by Peter Krämer

by Peter Krämer

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A meticulous recreation of a famous episode from the American Civil War, The General (1926) was co-written and directed by Buster Keaton, who also starred in it as a Southern locomotive engineer whose life is disrupted by the outbreak of hostilities.

Strongly criticised by many reviewers in 1927, the film has since come to be recognised as one of the greatest achievements of American silent cinema.

Drawing on a wide range of archival sources, Peter Krämer's study places The General in the context of Keaton's long career on stage and screen, and of Hollywood cinema in the 1920s. It explores how Keaton came to select and realise his most ambitious project, offering the first detailed comparison between the film and the book it was based upon, and also examines its marketing and financial performance. 

Krämer's systematic and detailed analysis of this story about love and war highlights the film's distinctive style and thematic concerns, revealing complexity in its apparently simple narrative and tragedy in its happy ending.

A meticulous recreation of a famous episode from the American Civil War, The General (1926) was co-written and directed by Buster Keaton, who also starred in it as a Southern locomotive engineer whose life is disrupted by the outbreak of hostilities.

Strongly criticised by many reviewers in 1927, the film has since come to be recognised as one of the greatest achievements of American silent cinema.

Drawing on a wide range of archival sources, Peter Krämer's study places The General in the context of Keaton's long career on stage and screen, and of Hollywood cinema in the 1920s. It explores how Keaton came to select and realise his most ambitious project, offering the first detailed comparison between the film and the book it was based upon, and also examines its marketing and financial performance. 

Krämer's systematic and detailed analysis of this story about love and war highlights the film's distinctive style and thematic concerns, revealing complexity in its apparently simple narrative and tragedy in its happy ending.

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SKU 9781844579150
Author(s) Kramer, Peter
Subtitle BFI Film Classic
Publisher(s) BFI Publishing
Format Paperback
Original publication date 15 Jul 2016
Number of pages 112

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