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Laurel & Hardy's TWO TARS (1928) - Two tars and a car-lot of targets

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Even more so than their short Big Business, Two Tars demonstrates how Laurel & Hardy used the “reciprocal destruction” device in a way that “makes sense,” where other comics used it just for cheap laughs. 195 more words


Charlie Chaplin's THE GOLD RUSH (1925) - The mother lode of Chaplin comedy

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There’s not much praise that hasn’t already been bandied about for The Gold Rush, but I’ll add my two cents’ worth anyway. 399 more words


THE IMMIGRANT (1917) - Charlie Chaplin at his best

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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


SHERLOCK JR. (1924) - A Riddle, Wrapped in a Mystery, Inside a Comedy

Sherlock Jr. is a glorious 45 minutes in the history of silent film. It is Buster Keaton taking to the absolute limit the fun you can have with a movie camera, and the movie’s viewers are the lucky recipients of Keaton’s over-indulgence. 490 more words


Baryshnya i Khuligan (1918)

vt The Lady and the Hooligan
Russia / 43 minutes / bw silent / Neptun
Dir: Yevgeni Slavinsky, Vladimir Mayakovsky
Scr: Vladimir Mayakovsky
Story: La Maestrina degli Operai… 715 more words

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A Night at the (Silent) Movies

Another brand-new festival event that I loved was a silent movie screening accompanied by a youth orchestra. My dear friend Kharmen saw two films, one of which was a Charlie Chaplin favorite. 141 more words


Chaplin vs. Keaton: Who cares??

I first came across Charlie Chaplin when I was 11 years old and just “getting into” silent movies. I didn’t start watching Buster Keaton movies until a few years later, mainly because I never had access to any of them until a local PBS station began showing them. 191 more words

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