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REVIEW: ‘Monsieur Verdoux’ (1947)

Review: B+ There is a moment in Charlie Chaplin’s Monsieur Verdoux when the protagonist replaces wine with a home brewed poison. As he finishes concocting, the writer/director/composer/star breaks the fourth wall, looks right at the camera and declares “it’s time for a little experiment.” This attitude seems to represent Chaplin’s attitude towards the film. He […]

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REVIEW: ‘The Circus’ (1928)

Review: A- One of Chaplin’s most underrated films and the one that Chaplin himself tried so very hard to forget is the 1928 feature The Circus. Released in between two of his better known films, The Gold Rush (1925) and City Lights (1931), The Circus features some of the tramp’s most hilarious bits and represents […]

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10 Things You May Not Know About Charlie Chaplin

1) According to legend Chaplin’s infamous tramp costume was assembled when he took various costume pieces from other stars in the Keystone male dressing room. He borrowed Fatty Arbuckle’s enormous trousers, Charles Avery’s size extra small jacket, Ford Sterling’s size fourteen shoes, and a small derby hat belonging to Arbuckle’s father in law. This has […]

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REVIEW: Charlie Chaplin’s ‘The Kid’ (1921)

Grade: A In the opening slide of the film The Kid it is described as “a picture with a smile, and perhaps a tear.” There may not be a kinder, more appropriate way to describe Charlie Chaplin’s first ever feature length film. The Kid is a masterful blending of Chaplin’s comic genius, which he had […]

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You think you know Chaplin?

In honor of this month’s Career Appreciation of the great Charlie Chaplin, I have created the first Monthly Quiz featuring questions about Chaplin and his films. You don’t have to be an expert to give it a shot. Try to do it without consulting IMDB or Wikipedia. Launch the Charlie Chaplin Quiz!

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