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Charlie Chaplin in THE PILGRIM (1923) - Nowhere to run

As a finale to Chaplin’s First National era (and, in a way, to his “simpler” pictures), The Pilgrim is simply a delight – a solid storyline, with lovely laughs and some quiet social commentary lightly brushed in. 326 more words


Charlie Chaplin in A BURLESQUE ON CARMEN (1916) - Essanay's burlesque on Chaplin's contract

This movie was intended to be Chaplin’s spoof on both Bizet’s famous opera Carmen and a popular contemporary film of the opera. Sadly, it was tampered with after Chaplin left Essanay; its two reels were expanded to four, via a dreadfully unfunny subplot involving cross-eyed Ben Turpin as the leader of a gypsy gang. 335 more words

The Kid (1921, Charles Chaplin), the director's cut

Some time after the halfway point in The Kid, it becomes clear the film isn’t going to end badly for its leads. Charlie Chaplin is the tramp, Jackie Coogan is his ward (a tramp in training). 276 more words


Charlie Chaplin in SUNNYSIDE (1919) - And now, the lack of inspiration

Sunnyside is without a doubt the most bizarre of Chaplin’s short subjects. Whenever any of his other shorts fall wide off the mark, you can at least see what Chaplin was aiming at. 268 more words


Charlie Chaplin in THE FIREMAN (1916) - A movie that comes out all wet

(WARNING: Major spoilers abound!)

The Fireman is easily the weakest of Chaplin’s Mutual shorts, and it’s not hard to see why. First, when a Chaplin comedy is this over-reliant on what Chaplin biographer John McCabe called “arse-kicking” for its laughs, you know Chaplin is having a mental block. 285 more words


Charlie Chaplin shorts

The start of an icon … a legend … and the very first Hollywood-actor to become world famous!

Charlie Chaplin.  Who doesn’t know him?  Or at least recognize his all too familiar outfit?   2,048 more words


19. A Woman of Paris: a Drama of Fate

October 1, 1923
United Artists
directed by Charles Chaplin

He was fresh off the success of the Kid and ready for his first feature with United Artists. 400 more words