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Da questo Lunedì, ecco la nostra nuova Rubrica OH!PEN IT!, La storia del cinema, dalle origini ad oggi ha un repertorio vastissimo di capolavori, noi, ogni settimana li spoglieremo dalla polvere del tempo per farli ritornare attuali attuali attraverso fotografie, curiosità e materiale cinematografico reperito nel web. Questa settimana Buster Keaton in “The General”, film del 1926.

From this Monday, here’s our new format OH!PEN IT!. The history of cinema, from its origins to today has a vast repertoire of masterpieces, we will resume them one time a week from the dust of time to get them back in the present through pictures, curiosity and film material found surfing. This week we have chosen Buster Keaton in “The General” of the 1926.

Chi è stato Buster Keaton?

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Joseph Francis Keaton, detto Buster è stato un attore, sceneggiatore e regista. Figlio d’arte, si fece spazio nel cinema negli anni 20, dapprima grazie a delle brevi comiche, poi in lungometraggi talvolta non solo interpretati ma anche scritti e diretti. Buster Keaton si differenziava dai suoi contemporanei grazie ad un riconoscibile “antisentimentalismo”, non rideva, ne sorrideva creando contrasti tra la sua impassibilità e le vicissitudini bizzare o drammatiche che le si presentavano. Il suo talento e la sua mimica tanto imperturbabile quanto espressiva le ha valso il ventunesimo posto nella classifica dell’AFI dei migliori venticinque attori americani di tutti i tempi.

Buster Keaton is:

Joseph Frank “Buster” Keaton (October 4, 1895 – February 1, 1966) was an American comic actor, filmmaker, producer and writer. He was best known for his silent films, in which his trademark was physical comedy with a consistently stoicdeadpan expression, earning him the nickname “The Great Stone Face”. Buster Keaton (his lifelong stage name) was recognized as the seventh-greatest director by Entertainment Weekly. In 1999, theAmerican Film Institute ranked Keaton the 21st-greatest male star and he also earned an Academy Honorary Award in 1958.

[Rif. Wikipedia / Buster Keaton]

The General, Come Vinsi La Guerra

Sinossi: Guerra di secessione americana. Jhonny Gray macchinista della Western and Atlantic,  riesce ad essere convinto dalla sua ragazza e dalla famiglia di quest’ultima a recarsi all’ufficio delle leve per poter essere arruolato ma, proprio perché macchinista questo l’esercito lo rifiuta: “Sarà più utile al sud come macchinista”, dice un imbratta carte all’ufficio reclutamento. Jhonny adirato, tenta a più riprese di farsi arruolare senza riuscirci. I nordisti riescono con l’inganno a soffiargli il treno da sotto il naso e Jhonny, indomito, si getta all’inseguimento prima a piedi, poi in bicicletta, poi con un altra locomotiva. Penetra fra le linee nemiche, arriva al quartier generale dei nordisti e lì scopre che insieme al treno essi hanno rapito la sua ragazza.  Ella dà inizio ai guai del protagonista proprio perché sdegnata del fatto che il suo ragazzo non riusciva ad essere accettato nell’esercito, successivamente lui la salverà, il suo amore sarà il premio finale delle sue fatiche e le varrà il titolo di Eroe.

Johnnie Gray has two loves in his life: his engine and his girl, Annabelle Lee. The War Between the States begins with an attack on Fort Sumter, and Johnnie is the first in line at the recruitment office. But the enlisting officer rejects him (not telling him the reason: he is more valuable to the South as an engineer). Annabelle believes he didn’t even try to enlist, and she refuses to even speak to him until he is in uniform. Time passes and Union spies hatch a plot involving Johnnie’s engine, The General. Not only do they steal The General while Johnnie and the passengers are off the train having dinner, but they kidnap Annabelle who was still on board. Johnnie pursues The General in another engine, The Texas. Through various mishaps he becomes the Unionists’ sole pursuer. When the Unionists discover the train chasing them has only one man aboard, the long pursuit ends, and Johnnie barely escapes with his life. Johnnie is now behind enemy lines. He wanders the forest during a rainstorm then discovers a house, which he breaks into, grabbing what food he can. It turns out the Unionists who stole The General are using the house as a base of operations. While hiding under the dinner table, Johnnie learns the details of their next plot against the Confederates. More importantly, he discovers they have Annabelle Lee, whom he had never guessed was still on The General when it was taken. Johnnie manages to escape with Annabelle and take back The General. Now the Unionists are pursuing Johnnie, but if he and Annabelle can outrace them they can warn the Confederates of the Union’s latest plan.

[Rif. IMDb, written by sspurli]

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