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Charlie Chaplin in SHOULDER ARMS (1918) - Kicks to the Kaiser's keister

When Charlie Chaplin was making Shoulder Arms, many worried that the movie would come under fire (so to speak) for kidding the World War (blessed be the ignorance that there was a second World War to come). 379 more words

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Charlie Chaplin in THE COUNT (1916) - Too many silent-comedy counts to count

Oh, Lawdy, another “count” comedy. I’ll just cut to the chase here (literally, almost), because the plot contrivances that lead up to the main storyline aren’t worth the mention. 100 more words

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Charlie Chaplin in THE BANK (1915) - Charlie as not-quite-a-hero

(WARNING: Spoilers abound!)

The Bank is a mixed short, beginning with terrific comedy and ending with pathos that Chaplin hasn’t yet quite figured out how to juggle. 344 more words

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THE IMMIGRANT (1917) - Charlie Chaplin at his best

(WARNING: Spoilers abound!)

One of the many things that bothered me about James Cameron’s overblown romantic epic Titanic (1997) was the way it patted itself on the back for its blatant commentary on America’s class system. 629 more words

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