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General and Three Ages

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General and Three Ages

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Buster Keaton’s THE GENERAL is not simply one of the greatest silent comedies ever made, it is one of the greatest films—of any era. In restaging the true story of one man’s journey behind enemy lines to reclaim his captured locomotive during the Civil War, Keaton stages a series of complex chases, using lumbering trains as comedic props. Keaton’s inventive mind is matched only by his physical athleticism, making THE GENERAL a truly breath-taking experience. Keaton’s first foray into making feature films, THREE AGES is a parody of D.W. Griffith’s Intolerance, dramatizing man’s quest for love in three parallel settings—a modern city, the Stone Age, and ancient Rome—and loading each plotline with amazing stunts and hysterical sight gags. 

Description

New 2K restoration by Lobster Films
Orchestral score by Robert Israel
Orchestral score by Joe Hisaishi
Audio commentary by film historians Michael Schlesinger and Stan Taffel
Introduction by Orson Welles
Introduction by Gloria Swanson, “Return of The General,” a vintage short film on the restoration of the legendary locomotive
New 2K restoration by Lobster Films
Music by the Mont Alto Motion Picture Orchestra
Music by Robert Israel
Vintage Alka-Seltzer commercial, starring Buster Keaton
Candid Camera television segment starring Buster Keaton
Man’s Genesis (1912) a prehistoric drama by D.W. Griffith, parodied in Three Ages
Year: 1926
Running Time: 79
Color Type: B&W
Country: U.S.
Language: English (Intertitles)

Label: Kino Lorber

Actors:

Buster Keaton
Wallace Beery
Margaret Leahy
Jim Farley
Glen Cavender
Marian Mack
Joe Roberts

Directed by Eddie Cline, Clyde Bruckman and Buster Keaton

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