Mad Max Fury Road The General mashup: Buster Keaton’s classic train chase is combined with Junkie XL’s soundtrack (VIDEO).

Buster Keaton’s The General Meets the Mad Max: Fury Road Soundtrack in This Great Mashup

Buster Keaton’s The General Meets the Mad Max: Fury Road Soundtrack in This Great Mashup

Brow Beat
Slate's Culture Blog
May 30 2015 2:06 PM

Buster Keaton’s The General Is a Lot Less Silent With the Mad Max: Fury Road Soundtrack

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Way, way before Mad Max: Fury Road, there was Buster Keaton’s 1926 masterpiece, The General, another film that had an extended, wildly ambitious chase scene at its center. The General famously bombed, but its vision and execution resonated with Mad Max director George Miller, who’s praised Keaton as “someone who’s incredibly careful with the camera and choreographs quite complex events inside the cuts.”

Of course, Keaton put so much emphasis on visual storytelling because his movie had no sound. But no longer: Vimeo user Walter Rafelsberger has set The General’s best locomotive chase scenes to Junkie XL’s thumping, propulsive Fury Road score, binding two landmarks of action cinema across the decades.

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