Everett Collection
Tim Purtell
November 12, 2008 AT 05:00 AM EST

The General

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
runtime
78 minutes
Wide Release Date
02/05/27
performer
Buster Keaton
director
Clyde Bruckman, Buster Keaton
distributor
Kino International
author
Al Boasberg, Clyde Bruckman, Buster Keaton, Charlie Smith

We gave it an A

Even in our anything-is-possible digital age, it’s still a wonder to see the quicksilver Keaton executing mathematically precise, guffaw-inducing gags and pratfalls. A sublime comedy, The General is also a Civil War tintype brought to stately life. Kino’s two-disc set includes a sharp new transfer and musty TV intros from a Norma Desmond-esque Gloria Swanson and Keaton fan Orson Welles, who hails the film as ”a hundred times more stunning visually than Gone With the Wind.” A

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