The Chaplin Revue (2 Disc Special Edition)
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Comedies were often filmed at 16 FPS and undercranked for action scenes. All these movies were designed to be shown on a hand-cranked projector. Thus, when 24 FPS came in, the natural look of earlier silent films DISAPPEARED. With the passage of decades, viewers have come to accept these ridiculously quick-moving images as "normal" because they have no point of previous reference.
When Sir Charles selected in 1959 the three shorts that comprise THE CHAPLIN REVUE and added his own musical compositions, he made certain that these movies would run at their ORIGINAL projection speeds. So we are able to see here how silent movies actually appeared to cinemagoers in 1918 and 1923. The naturalness of unbusy passages is delightful and certainly NOT a distraction. For the first time, modern audiences can appreciate the subtleties of Chaplin's facial expressions and movements. This is a wonderful compilation!
"The Chaplin Revue" is available on DVD.
Sir Charles often cited THE GOLD RUSH (1925) as his favorite picture. (...Read more ›
The shorts themselves are somewhat of a mixed bag, though none of them would I consider at the same level as his earliest shorts from 1914 and 1915. 'A Dog's Life' (1918), which kicks off the first disc, is one of the best on here. Everything is so flawless and perfect, by far one of Chaplin's best short subjects. Even the dog, Scraps (named Mutt in real life), is wonderful in his role. (It's kind of sad to watch it, though, knowing that not too long after it was released, Mutt died of a broken heart when his master went on away a Liberty Bonds drive.) Next up is 'Shoulder Arms' (1918), also a very strong comedy. Although this is a WWI-themed film and therefore demonstrates some of the usual anti-Hun propaganda of the times, it doesn't feel badly dated at all on account of that. The main focus of the short is on Charlie's adventures as a soldier, not a bunch of one-dimensionally evil rampaging Huns. The final short on disc one is 'The Pilgrim' (1923), his final short, and also one of his best. This one features the theme of mistaken identity, something Chaplin used a number of times in his work.
While the shorts on the first disc are all excellent and flawless, the ones on the second disc are more uneven.Read more ›
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Endlessly entertaining films by the virtuoso of comedy. Excellent quality. The special features are wonderfully insightful. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Rita R
Charles Chaplin left Mutual Film in 1917 and signed a contract with First National. Their agreement amounted to more than a million dollars per year. Read morePublished on January 17, 2013 by THE BLUEMAHLER
The trenches of WWI through the imagination of an Army recruit - and with an anti-war message at the end. A good but not great Chaplin short. Read more
i bought this trilogy ( chaplin centennial collection )because i have watched them when i was in grade school (circa 1960's) and i have been wanting to collect and watch them all... Read morePublished on November 2, 2010 by sexy dancer
In reaction to the dullness of the films of actual combat in that time, the wartime public increasingly turned to humor as escape from monotony and anxiety... Read morePublished on February 10, 2009 by Roberto Frangie
Being a Chaplin fan, I own all of his movies except the Keystone days. I purchased this because the now defunct First National Collection is 9 (used) to 30 times more expensive... Read morePublished on September 27, 2008 by CharlieChaplinFan
In the "Chaplin Collection" DVD series, this is the one entry where Chaplin's short films are given the same digital cleanup, analysis and care that his features did. Read morePublished on September 12, 2004 by Andrew McCaffrey
The new Chaplin Revue is the best. Especially for a sixteen year old like myself from Australia and I love all the Chaplin features and early shorts but I never got accustomed with... Read morePublished on August 18, 2004 by Zygmunt Dopierala
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