The General by Buster Keaton vs. Avatar


The "Avatar" from the 1920's. It was the most expensive scene of the silent movie era. Today someone could make the same thing on a computer for relatively nothing. Back then it was a masterpiece. Imagine what would have to happen for us to look back and consider Avatar how we see this film...


“This shot is the most expensive shot in silent film history. It was filmed in a single take, that had to be perfect, with a real train and a ‘dummy’ engineer (notice the white arm hanging out the conductors window). Some of the locals who came to watch the filming, thought the dummy was a real person and screamed in horror; supposedly, one person even fainted.”


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