The Gold Rush, produced & directed by Charlie Chaplin. Starring Charlie Chaplin, Georgia Hale, Mack Swain, Tom Murray
Synopsis of The Gold Rush
The Gold Rush is one of Charlie Chaplin’s greatest films. Like all of his films starring the Little Tramp, it is a silent. It demonstrates very well why the silent movie is an art form in its’ own right. Modern clowns would do well to learn from a master of the art of pantomime by watching this film. It’s Chaplin at his finest. Chaplin and his crew do an excellent job of telling the story without dialog, and it moves from funny to poignant to sad to touching and back to funny again.
The Circus, produced & directed by Charlie Chaplin. Starring Charlie Chaplin, Merna Kennedy, Al Garcia, Harry Crocker, Henry Bergman
Synopsis of Charlie Chaplin’s The Circus:
The Circus is one of the Little Tramp’s most poignant roles, as well as one of Charlie Chaplin’s funniest silent movies — for which he won a special Oscar. It begins with the Tramp attending a small circus that comes to town. He haphazardly bumps into a pickpocket, who hides his ill-gotten goods in the Tramp’s pocket. This soon leads to a marvelous chase, with the police chasing both the pickpocket and the Tramp. At one point the pickpocket and the Tramp are running in parallel, and the Tramp politely tips his hat to the thief. After a chase through the hall of mirrors (which has to be seen), the Tramp accidentally runs into the circus’ center ring, where he is unintentionally hilarious. (more…)
City Lights (1931) written by, produced by and starring Charlie Chaplin
Synopsis of Charlie Chaplin’s City Lights
In City Lights, Charlie Chaplin plays the part of Charlie the little tramp, a homeless vagabond, who encounters a flower girl, only to discover that she’s blind. After Charlie rescues an inebriated rich man from committing suicide, the eccentric millionaire decides that Charlie is his best friend. He takes Charlie out partying, gives him a car, etc.– only to totally forgot about him when he’s sober.
Charlie uses the millionaire’s money (when he can) to help the blind girl who mistakenly thinks that Charlie is the millionaire. But when the forgetful millionaire leaves town, Charlie needs to raise money to help the girl.
Charlie works as a street sweeper and tries to win a boxing match. The millionaire returns, inebriated, at the last moment, and cheerfully gives Charlie the money. Only to forget about it moments later. The end of the movie is sad, ending with a true tearjerker moment. Charlie and the flower girl, now cured of her blindness, are reunited. (more…)
Shoulder Arms (1918) starring Charlie Chaplin, Edna Purviance, Sydney Chaplin
Shoulder Arms is a silent film made by Charlie Chaplin, released at the end of World War I. It details the adventures of Chaplin’s world-famous Little Tramp character, Charlie, as he is drafted. (more…)
The Rounders (1914) starring Charlie Chaplin and Fatty Arbuckle
A silent film during Charlie Chaplin’s time with the Keystone studio, where Charlie Chaplin and Fatty Arbuckle are inebriated husbands, who after being beaten up by their wives, sneak out for … more drinks!
Sunnyside (1919) starring Charlie Chaplin, Edna Purviance
Sunnyside is an unusual Charlie Chaplin short film in several respects. First, although the main character is clearly Charlie the Little Tramp, he’s not really a tramp in this movie. He’s gainfully employed by Henry Bergman as a worker at a farm/hotel, working from 4:00 a.m. until late at night. (more…)
The Immigrant produced & directed by Charlie Chaplin. Starring Charlie Chaplin, Edna Purviance, Eric Campbell, Albert Austin, Henry Bergman
Synopsis of The Immigrant:
The Immigrant is the story of Charlie the Little Tramp coming to America for the first time, fittingly enough on a “tramp” steamer. On the way, he meets fellow immigrant Edna Purviance who is taking care of her sickly mother. Charlie fights seasickness and the ship’s rolling decks, nearly gets arrested for something he didn’t do, and nearly gets beaten up after eating a meal he can’t pay for. But all ends happily ever after with Charlie and Edna gainfully employed and about to get married. (more…)
Review of Charlie Chaplin’s classic silent film, Easy Street. Co-starring Eric Campbell as the bully who terrorizes the slum. Edna Purviance as the mission worker who reaches Charlie the Tramp. Who, after his reformation, becomes the cop on the beat who has to stop Eric the bully (more…)
Editorial review of Essential Charlie Chaplin volume 10
The Essential CHARLIE CHAPLIN COLLECTION…a must-have for any fan or film buff’s library. This definitive collection of 12-DVDs contains 57 of Chaplin’s legendary early films in chronological order…a true historical legacy of the greatest comedian who ever lived.
COVERS CHAPLIN’S WORK AT KEYSTONE, ESSANAY, MUTUAL AND FIRST NATIONAL FILM COMPANIES. (more…)