The legendary comedy set during the Civil War follows Buster Keaton playing a railway engineer whose train, "The General", is stolen by Union soldiers behind Southern lines.
When Keaton's character steals back his train, aided by his well-meaning girlfriend, and pursued by a posse of irate Yankees, hilarious scenes unfold thanks to his amazing use of props, stunts, and the dimensions of the cinematic frame.
A film of scale and detail, The General is deservedly singled-out as one of the greatest works of American cinema.
The General screened at ACMI in 2014 as part of Melbourne Cinémathèque. These are the original notes from that program.