The General

Presented by Cleveland Institute of Art and The Cleveland Institute of Art Cinematheque at The Cleveland Institute of Art Cinematheque, Cleveland OH

Oct 14 - 16 2022
The General

Buster Keaton plays a Southern train engineer who crosses enemy lines to retrieve a steam locomotive (a real steam locomotive; no CGI here) stolen by Yankee infiltrators—and then drive it back to the Confederacy with Union soldiers in hot pursuit.

USA, 1926, Buster Keaton, Clyde Bruckman

Hailed by The Time Out Film Guide as “arguably the greatest screen comedy ever made,” Buster Keaton’s funny and jaw-dropping Civil War silent finished among the 10 best movies of all time in Sight & Sound’s 1972 and 1982 “greatest films” polls. Features color tinting and a new orchestral score by Carl Davis. DCP. 79 min.


General admission $11; members, CIA & CSU I.D.holders, and those age 25 & under $8.

Face masks, though always recommended, must be worn by filmgoers only when the CDC’s community risk level for Covid in Cuyahoga County is HIGH. Visit for the current community risk level and see the “Face Coverings” section for our detailed mask requirements.

As a reminder, filmgoers can park for free in Lot 73 and in the Institute’s annex lot, and should enter CIA via nearby Entrance C. Click here for a map.

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  • Oct 14, 2022 at 07:00 pm - 08:20 pm (Fri)
  • Oct 16, 2022 at 04:30 pm - 05:50 pm (Sun)
* Event durations (if noted) are approximate. Please check with the presenting organization or venue to confirm start times and duration.


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