Discussion of silent film legend Buster Keaton

PRO-TEK employee film commentary

Buster Keaton’s 1927 comedy/action movie, The General, is being released on Blu-ray.

Included as one of the extra features is historical film commentary recorded by PRO-TEK employee Stan Taffel along with preservationist and filmmaker Michael Schlesinger. The duo also provided commentary for Keaton’s Steamboat Bill, Jr., which will be released soon.

Taffel and Schlesinger are actively engaged in the cause of film preservation, including the planning of the Cinecon Classic Film Festival for many years.

Film technicians who are also film historians

Stan Taffel recording Buster Keaton film commentary

Like Stan Taffel, many of the film restoration and archiving specialists at PRO-TEK are also film historians and experts in the Hollywood motion picture industry. Taffel is recognized as a silent film era and silent comedy expert.

“When Mike was approached to provide the commentaries for these newly restored films, he asked me to join him, knowing I would be able to add some pertinent information. I was excited to do this for Kino (film distributor Kino Lorber, Inc.) and for two Keaton classic films. It was an honor to be invited as an authority on silent film comedians and humbling to speak about Buster Keaton’s work, which speaks for itself, on The General and Steamboat Bill, Jr.

Learn more about The General in this article from Jim Hemphill at the Filmmaker magazine website.

To add The General to your collection, visit the Kino Lorber website.

Image credit: By Buster Keaton (screenshot) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons