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December 31, 1926
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The age old debate of whether you are a Charlie Chaplin or Buster Keaton fan, is still a popular discussion among movie fans, critics and students. For me I choose Keaton. No doubt Chaplin is funny, I just choose Keaton because in addition to his humor he is also doing amazingly dangerous stunts. Growing up on Jackie Chan movies I've always found live stunts exciting and the stunts in The General are very compatible to today. Given the time period compared to today's safety and medical advancements, it's purely amazing that similar stunts were even considered in 1926.
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You can see many things in this you'd see today. Very influential. A film on a large scale.
Among the funniest silent films, however, it doesn't compare to Chaplin's greats, as he adds a whole new level to it with emotion and character development while still being funny. None of Keaton's movies I've seen so far have been more than slapstick humor and crazy stunts.
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Even if they weren't Confederates, the hero and heroine/damsel-in-distress are lousy, unsympathetic characters I wanted to see thwarted. Even if the story flipped to make them Union and the enemy Confederates, it wouldn't have salvaged anything. As it is, fuck if I want to sit through a story where pro-slavery rebels are the "good guys" hoping that something funny will eventually happen. Some of the stunts and locomotive action sequences are justifiably praised, but the film is mostly tedious and never finds its footing between comedy and melodrama. How this ends up being hailed as a masterpiece is, frankly, weird to me. Give me Chaplin's Little Tramp over this any day.