Comedy was king in the silent era, and one of the geniuses of silent comedy, and indeed filmmaking was comic actor/writer/director Buster Keaton. Although the credits often list other co-directors and writers, Keaton's collaborators acknowledged it was mostly Keaton. The silent movie era has been called the Golden Age of Comedy, and with good reason. While the lack of dialog placed limits on dramatic films, the era saw the evolution of an astounding visual style of comedy, which set a standard for humor that lasts to this day.
Considered by many film experts to be one of the ten greatest films of all times and perhaps the greatest comedy ever made, "The General" is an astonishing cinematic accomplishment, funny, touching, and dramatic, with remarkable photography, mis-en-scene and incredible stunts. Film scholars often describe the story as "the perfect script", but it is the scene where Keaton drops a train into a river that stays with viewers.
The best way to see any classic film is on a big screen, as was intended. If you have never seen a silent film, the best way to see a silent movie classic is on a big screen with live musical accompaniment. For the next couple of weeks, you get both the big screen and live music at the Buster Keaton film fest, Kompletely Keaton, Sept. 28 to Oct. 14 at the Webster Film Series.(from Current)
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