The General was first introduced to audiences in 1926 and now 88 years later: is regarded as one of the finest films ever made. Film historians have now restored the film to 4K resolution which will be screened later this year in theatres across the UK.
However, The General has not always been deemed as one of Buster Keaton’s finest performances or indeed a film of any merit at all. At the point of its release, the film performed poorly at the box-office and in 1956 it entered into the public domain; thus freeing it from any further copyright protection.
Thankfully, film historians and industry professionals have not ignored The General’s influence on cinema; with Orson Wells once describing the film as:
“The greatest comedy ever made, the greatest Civil War film ever made, and perhaps the greatest film ever made.”
The General’s astonishing rejuvenation is scheduled to be released on 24th January 2014.