1926 in Movies

Movie reviews for movies released theatrically in 1926.


1. The General, directed by Clyde Bruckman, Buster Keaton (10/10)

This is perhaps as close as the 1920s got to a perfect film. It is a great technical achievement – in terms of stunts – but it is also more entertaining than practically anything else I’ve seen from that decade, and it actually has a resonant story. It is one of the greatest films of all-time. It might be even be in my gun-to-my-head top 5 or 10.


2. Faust, directed by F.W. Murnau (10/10)

When I was reading the Goethe I was conjuring memories of this movie even though I haven’t seen in in ages…it sticks with you. It is perhaps the greatest example of German expressionist horror from the ’20s that you will ever see.