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Thursday, January 9, 2014

Charlie Chaplin In: A King in New York


 King  Shahdov (Charlie Chaplin) comes to New York City with almost no money, due to a revolution in his country, his securities having been stolen by his own Prime Minister.
At a dinner party, some of which is televised live he reveals he's had some experience in the theater. He's approached to do TV commercials but doesn't like the idea. Later, he does make a few commercials in order to get some money. And meets the child from communist parents. Due to this he is suddenly a suspected as a communist himself


Director:

 Charlie Chaplin

Writer:

 Charlie Chaplin

Stars:

 Charlie Chaplin, Maxine Audley, Jerry Desmonde



with best regards from Charlie Chaplin Silent Movies

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Charlie Chaplin in: The Kid Auto Race in Venice


Chaplin visits the Kid Auto Races at Venice, California. A big event with a lot of spectators along the track, where the kids compete with another in mini cars. A film team is trying to capture the event, but whenever they put up the camera, Charlie walks around in front of it. The film director is irritated and tries to push Charlie aside, but Charlie comes back over and over again. In the end the director gets furious and kicks Charlie in his backside. Charlie revenges himself by making wry faces straight into the lens. Afterwards Charlie writes a letter to his girl friend, complaining that his picture didn't pass the censor.


Director:

 Henry Lehrman

Writer:

 Henry Lehrman

Stars:

 Charlie Chaplin, Henry Lehrman



with best regards from Charlie Chaplin Silent Movies

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Charlie Chaplin in: The Bond


The story is a series of sketches humorously illustrating various bonds like the bond of friendship and of marriage and, most important, the Liberty Bond.
It is the only film Charlie Chaplin ever made to be filmed in front of a plain black set. There are just a few dimly lit props littered around the stage alongside the actors
The Bond is more than merely propaganda but shows that Chaplin was willing to experiment with his art, no matter what the circumstances were. Relieved of pressure to make the film a commercial success he was able to experiment with expressionism and abstract ideas which aren't prevalent in the rest of his work. The result is an interesting and visually arresting stop on his filmography that is unlike anything that precedes or follows it.

Director

:

 Charlie Chaplin

Writer

:

 Charlie Chaplin

Stars

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 Charlie Chaplin, Edna Purviance, Syd Chaplin 


with best regards from Charlie Chaplin Silent Movies

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Charlie Chaplin in: Modern Times

Chaplin as a factory worker employed on an assembly line. There, he is subjected to such indignities as being force-fed by a "modern" feeding machine and an accelerating assembly line where he screws nuts at an ever-increasing rate onto pieces of machinery. He finally suffers a nervous breakdown and runs amok, throwing the factory into chaos. He is sent to a hospital. Following his recovery, the now unemployed factory worker is mistakenly arrested as an instigator in a Communist demonstration. In jail, he accidentally ingests smuggled cocaine, mistaking it for salt. In his subsequent delirium, he gets out of the jail. When he returns, he stumbles upon a jailbreak and knocks the convicts unconscious. He is hailed a hero and is released.
Outside the jail, he applies for a new job but leaves after causing an accident. He runs into an orphaned gamine girl (Paulette Goddard), who is fleeing the police after stealing a loaf of bread. To save the girl, he tells police that he is the thief and ought to be arrested. A witness reveals his deception and he is freed. To get arrested again, he eats an enormous amount of food at a cafeteria without paying. He meets up with the gamine in the paddy wagon, which crashes, and the girl convinces him to escape with her. Dreaming of a better life, he gets a job as a night watchman at a department store, sneaks the gamine into the store, and even lets burglars have some food. Waking up the next morning in a pile of clothes, he is arrested once more.
Ten days later, the gamine takes him to a new home – a run-down shack that she admits "isn't Buckingham Palace" but will do. The next morning, the factory worker reads about an old factory re-opens and lands a job there. He gets his boss trapped in machinery, but manages to extricate him. The other workers decide to go on strike. Accidentally paddling a brick into a policeman, he is arrested again. Two weeks later, he is released and learns that the gamine is a café dancer. She tries to get him a job as a singer and a waiter. At his new job, however, he finds it difficult to tell the difference between the "in" and "out" doors to the kitchen, or to successfully deliver a roast duck to table through a busy dance floor. During his floor show, he loses a cuff that bears the lyrics of his song, but he rescues his act by improvising the story using an amalgam of word play, words in (or made up of word parts from) multiple languages and mock sentence structure while pantomiming. His act proves a hit. When police arrive to arrest the gamine for her earlier escape, they escape again. The gamine despairs that there's no point to their struggling, but the factory worker assures her that they'll make it somehow. In the final scene, they walk down a road at dawn, towards an uncertain but hopeful future.

Director Charlie Chaplin

Writer Charlie Chaplin

Stars: Charlie Chaplin, Paulette Goddard, Henry Bergman 



with best regards from Charlie Chaplin Silent Movies