Buster Keaton was an American actor, comedian, film director, producer, screenwriter, and stunt performer.
He was best known for his silent films, in which his trademark was physical comedy with a consistently stoic, deadpan expression which earned him the nickname “The Great Stone Face.”
One of his greatest films, in my opinion, was The General.
My friends at Cohen Film Collection are about to release, July 9, 4K restorations of the Buster Keaton masterpieces SHERLOCK JR. and THE NAVIGATOR together on single-disc Blu-ray and DVD packages, as well as digital platforms.
The General is a 1926 American silent comedy film released by United Artists. It was inspired by the Great Locomotive Chase, a true story of an event that occurred during the American Civil War. The story was adapted from the memoir The Great Locomotive Chase by William Pittenger. The film stars Buster Keaton who co-directed it with Clyde Bruckman.
In 1963 Buster said, “I was more proud of that picture than any I ever made. Because I took an actual happening out of the...history books, and I told the story in detail too.”
It’s a remarkable piece of cinematography.