The General

Synopsis & Film Details


with short film DUKE BAA


FILMWORKS FAMILY PROGRAM: Legendary silent film actor Buster Keaton stars in The General, one of the classic comedies of all time. Full of visual humor and epic filmmaking, the film tells the story of Union soldiers who have stolen The General, a Confederate train. The General is manned by Johnnie Gray, who is unable to enlist in the Confederate army because he’s needed as an engineer. The Union plans to use the train to supply its soldiers in a sneak attack against the Confederates. But now it’s up to Gray and his love, Annabelle Lee, to reclaim The General, re-cross enemy lines, and warn the Confederates.

Directed by Clyde Bruckman & Buster Keaton
USA, 1927, Restored 35mm
75 minutes

Companion Short Film

  • USA, Shu-Han Yang
  • 3 minutes, English
  • A quirky, arrogant goat stars in the 3D animated tale Duke Baa. One day, the goat gets a special invitation. He grabs the remote and walks to his “magical mirror system.” The goat tries on clothes and switches what he’s wearing. But then, the reflection in the mirror wakes up.

Part of the 5th Fresno Film Festival (2009).