The month to appreciate the career of Charlie Chaplin has overstayed its welcome, but its finally time to wrap things up. I am with the majority of people who believe that Chaplin hit his peak at the end of the silent era. Everybody has their own Chaplin favorite and you can vote for yours after […]
Review: B+ There is a moment in Charlie Chaplinâ€™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 â€œitâ€™s time for a little experiment.â€ This attitude seems to represent Chaplinâ€™s attitude towards the film. He […]
Review: A- One of Chaplinâ€™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 trampâ€™s most hilarious bits and represents […]
1) According to legend Chaplinâ€™s infamous tramp costume was assembled when he took various costume pieces from other stars in the Keystone male dressing room. He borrowed Fatty Arbuckleâ€™s enormous trousers, Charles Averyâ€™s size extra small jacket, Ford Sterlingâ€™s size fourteen shoes, and a small derby hat belonging to Arbuckleâ€™s father in law. This has […]
Grade: A In the opening slide of the film The Kid it is described as â€œa picture with a smile, and perhaps a tear.â€ There may not be a kinder, more appropriate way to describe Charlie Chaplinâ€™s first ever feature length film. The Kid is a masterful blending of Chaplinâ€™s comic genius, which he had […]
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!