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THE GENERAL Buster Keaton

Thick & Tight
20 - 20 Jan
Focus & Chaliwaté
20 - 20 Jan

Cinema 1

Sun 20 Jan at 4pm

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Tel: 020 7638 8891
75 mins / no interval
Age Guidance: Certificate U
*Membership, Young Barbican, under-16, student, school, access, group and business discounts apply
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In one of the most revered comedies of the silent era, based on a true story, Buster Keaton is Johnnie Gray, a locomotive driver in the South during the American civil war.

When his engine, The General, is stolen by Union army saboteurs, Johnnie single-handedly journeys behind enemy lines to retrieve it and rescue the woman he loves.

Recently re-released, Keaton’s most famous film is a masterpiece and widely regarded as the first action movie. In the history of cinema few actors have matched the great Keaton’s athleticism, precision and comic timing.

This screening features live music accompaniment by Jazz students from Guildhall School of Music and Drama

"Almost certainly the funniest silent film ever made"

Daily Telegraph

"Pioneering genius"

The Guardian


The General (U)

Curated by the Barbican
Presented by LIMF in association with the Barbican

USA 1926
Directors Clyde Bruckman and Buster Keaton
Digital presentation
With the support of the
Independent Cinema Office and BFI,
awarding funds from The National Lottery