Wednesday, July 04, 2007

The Gold Rush (1925)

*****
USA

In maybe his most famous outing, Chaplin's Tramp is pitted against the thugs and blizzards of the Klondike gold rush. He's pursued by a bear, he morphs into a man-sized chicken, dangles off a snowy precipice, feasts on a pair of boots and performs the dance of the rolls. When Chaplin commits to these setpieces, so does every joint and muscle on his face, limbs and torso. It isn't only his inventiveness but also his zest and unflappable conviction that makes him freshly endearing upon countless repeat viewings.

wr/dir: Charles Chaplin
cast: Charles Chaplin, Mack Swain, Georgia Hale, Tom Murray, Betty Morrissey, Kay Desleys, Joan Lowell, Malcolm Waite

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