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5.0 out of 5 stars Finally! The Chaplin Revue presents him as he was meant to be seen, February 24, 2009
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There was no single correct projection speed for motion pictures until standardization in 1927, when 24 FPS was necessarily decided upon as a prelude to the coming of talkies. Most prior photoplays were shot at varying speeds. In his earliest films, D.W. Griffith favored 12 FPS. This means, at playback on a motorized projector set at the standard 24 FPS, BIRTH OF A NATION and other movies seem bizarrely fast!

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.

Also recommended:
Sir Charles often cited THE GOLD RUSH (1925) as his favorite picture. (VHS edition) (DVD edition)

Parenthetical numbers preceding titles are 1 to 10 viewer poll ratings found at a film resource website.

(7.7) A Dog's Life (1918) - Charlie Chaplin/Edna Purviance/Syd Chaplin/Harry Bergman/Minnie Chaplin

(6.8) Shoulder Arms (1918) - Charlie Chaplin/Edna Purviance/Syd Chaplin/Jack Wilson/Harry Bergman

(7.4) The Pilgrim (1923) - Charlie Chaplin/Edna Purviance/Syd Chaplin/Mack Swain/Harry Bergman (uncredited: Mickey Daniels/Marion Davies)
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Initial post: Sep 28, 2014, 4:38:43 PM PDT
Annie taught me A LOT I didn't know....I'm looking forward to seeing Sir Charles and cohorts in action on this DVD collection. Thanks, Annie!

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 29, 2014, 2:46:25 AM PDT
Michael--
You are most welcome, and thank you!
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