#297: The General

zhss6b6jkersjpz1laipx1jy7a#297 – The General, 1926, Buster Keaton & Clyde Bruckman

During America’s Civil War Union spies steal engineer Johnnie Gray’s beloved locomotive The General – his lady love, Annabelle Lee, aboard an attached boxcar – and he single-handedly must do all in his power to both get The General back and to rescue Annabelle. Released throughout most of the world in 1927, this Silent comedy-action film flopped when originally released, but now is regarded as one of the great American motion pictures. The story is based on actual historic events.

#670: The Adventures of Prince Achmed

4x34alatxsgozxzvn92ccy5mdg6#670 – The Adventures of Prince Achmed, (Die Abenteuer des Prinzen Achmed), 1926, Carl Koch

Based on stories from “The Arabian Nights.” A wicked sorcerer tricks Prince Achmed into riding a magical flying horse. The heroic prince is able to subdue the magical horse, which he uses to fly off to many adventures. While travelling, he falls in love with the beautiful Princess Peri Banu, and must defeat an army of demons to win her heart. The film is animated using the silhouette technique.