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. (VHS edition) (...Read more ›
The two flagships for me are "Shoulder Arms" and "A Dog's Life". "A Dog's Life" was the first complete Chaplin film I saw, and it continues to delight me with its lightning pacing, masterful gags, and fascinating use of music -- the high-comedy bits still feature the merry scores of usual Chaplin films, but the main theme is a weepy, dramatic orchestral piece which, when juxtaposed against the famous Chaplin sight gags, are remarkably funny, almost perverse. Chaplin's physical skills are unparalleled in this film, with the "human puppet" sequence, the employment centre, the fight with the wild dogs, and the opening "roll with the cops" sequence being the highlights. "Shoulder Arms" was a brave stab at making the First World War funny and Chaplin succeeded grandly. Luckily, he also had the good sense to cut out an entire first act, seen here on the DVD bonus materials, which had little to no bearing on the story and isn't all that funny anyway. The trench gags in this film are fast and hilarious; though the "enemy territory" section drags a little, the film remains great.
The remaining films range from hilarious to just okay: I like "Sunnyside", which takes the Tramp's frequent dashes of unrequited love to a new level; but "The Pilgrim" wears out its central gag long before it's over, and "The Idle Class" and "A Day's Pleasure" are excruciatingly slow.Read more ›
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Endlessly entertaining films by the virtuoso of comedy. Excellent quality. The special features are wonderfully insightful. Read morePublished on May 29, 2014 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
This two-disc collection showcases Chaplin's final 7 short subjects, made at First National Studios and spanning the years 1918 to 1923. Read morePublished on November 23, 2006 by Anyechka
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