January 2018, arsenal cinema

Classics not only for children

THE GENERAL, 1926

Slapstick numbers and precisely timed gestures, mimicry and movements are not necessarily associated with improvisation - the theme of January’s Magical History Tour. Yet, the Marx Brothers, Stan Laurel & Oliver Hardy and Buster Keaton are known for their love of improvisation in the rehearsal phase, as well as during shoots.

THE GENERAL (Clyde Bruckman, B. Keaton, USA 1926, 7., 14., 28.1.) Five screenwriters worked on the adaptation of the book that THE GENERAL is based upon. But Buster Keaton improvised various gags and details during the shoot itself. The result is a sometimes surreal civil war comedy about a locomotive driver (Keaton) who rescues not only his   adored Annabelle but also his beloved locomotive, "The General", from the enemy, completely underestimating the risks at hand. (mg)

arsenal cinema: Classics not only for children

04:00 pm Cinema 1


The General

The General Der General USA 1926
Buster Keaton, Clyde Bruckman With Buster Keaton
DCP OV/GeS 89 min

arsenal cinema: Magical History Tour – 
Improvisation in Film

07:30 pm Cinema 2


… und deine Liebe auch

*… und deine Liebe auch Frank Vogel
GDR 1962 With Kati Székely, Armin Mueller-Stahl, Ulrich Thein
DCP 92 min

arsenal cinema: Unknown Pleasures #9
 – American Independent Film Fest

08:00 pm Cinema 1


Marjorie Prime

Marjorie Prime Michael Almereyda USA 2017
With Jon Hamm, Lois Smith, Geena Davis, Tim Robbins
DCP OV 98 min