The General

The General (U)

To celebrate Llangollen Railway’s Victorian Weekend, New Dot Cinema is delighted to announce that we’ll be screening a triple bill of films inspired by the railways.

It all starts with a very short ‘phantom ride’ film (where the camera is placed at the front of the train to give a drivers perspective) from the late 1890s of the Llangollen countryside. Then it’s all aboard for the Elizabethan Express, a short documentary that follows The Elizabethan, a non-stop express train that travelled from London to Edinburgh during the early 1950s.

The main event is The General, starring Buster Keaton. It’s a tale of love, war and railway engines set in Civil War America. An action-adventure-comedy, The General is now viewed as one of the greatest American films ever made. Keaton, who plays locomotive engineer, Johnnie Grey, uses every comedic means possible to find his beloved General (a locomotive engine), thwart the Yankees, and rescue his other beloved Annabelle. As always, Keaton performs his own stunts, combining his prodigious dexterity, impeccable comic timing, and expressive body language to convey as much emotion than the stars of any of the talkies that were soon to dominate cinema

Friday, May 12th 2017
Doors open at 7.30pm
Film starts at 8pm

Tickets will be available from Baileys Deli in Llangollen,  at our Facebook page and online here.

Upstairs@The Town Hall,
Llangollen Town Hall,
Castle Street, Llangollen LL20 8NU

Director: Buster Keaton
Year: 1927
Certificate: U
Running time: 1 hour 19 minutes

“Spectacular chases, fires and explosions are captured with fluid camerawork. There are no stunt doubles for Keaton and of course no digital effects.” The Guardian

“Yeah, it’s silent. So what? You’ll barely notice. It’s that good.” Slate

In these times when all risk is assumed by CGI effects, Keaton’s squealing funny, exquisitely timed, death-defying leaps are all the more breathtaking.” The Times

“A jaw-plunging blend of physical dexterity and bravura moviemaking.” Total Film

“Among the finest comedies of all time, it wears its greatness lightly.” The Observer