42 – City Lights (1931)

Fuck you kid,now piss off before i break your face.

Fuck you kid,now piss off before i break your face.

Sweet Jesus another silent movie. They’ve made me appreciate ‘talkies’ so much more.I’ll give you the low down on the Chaplin flick.He meets a drunk millionaire who’s trying to kill himself.The tramp saves him and goes back to his.When the millionaire comes to he can’t remember the tramp so kicks him out.The next day the millionaire is pissed drunk again and recognises the tramp and they hang out again until he sobers up and throws him out again.This happens a few times.The love interest in a blind girl that sells flowers in the street.The is courting her and wants to send her to Europe for eye surgery.The rich guy gives him $1000 for her,but there’s a mix up and the police are called and things look very bad.He gets picked up by the cops and sent down but when he gets out guess what?The chick has her eyesight back.There’s some good gags in this film,even the intro piece with the statues is well done.But by this stage i’m getting sick of silent films,i guess it’s mainly the music that’s getting to me.

IMDB RATING      –     8.5
MY RATING     –    6.6
SEEN BEFORE     –     NO
RECOMMEND?     –     NO
OVERALL     –  SOME VIEWERS WHO’VE PLAYED GHOSTS & GHOULS MIGHT RECOGNISE SOME MUSIC IN IT.

68 – The Great Dictator (1940)

Just shaving this womans face here.

Just shaving this womans face here.

The third Chaplin film so far on the list,i think,but the first one with sound.Chaplin looks to be in his 40’s or 50’s in this film but the jokes are still coming quick and  fast.With him being able to vocalize his jokes now there are a a lot more of them and he doesn’t have to mug at the camera for the viewer to get them,he can just add a little dialogue or a quip and leave it at that.The plot if you haven’t already guessed is pretty much a spoof of Hitler and WWI.Names and places have all been changed but everyone knows whoa nd where he’s implying.There’s a good disclaimer at the beginning that states any similarity between the Jewish barber is coincidental,mind you not a disclaimer for the Hitler-esque character but the barber,ha.The best Chaplin film on the list with quite a few bits and pieces reminding me of The Marx brothers or Groucho.Worth a watch,the end monologue where he gives a heartfelt speech to the camera about how dictators will die eventually and with them their regime.I think Chaplin was accused of being a communist after this film came out and he got into a lot of bother and left America for good to get away from it all.

IMDB RATING      –     8.4
MY RATING     –    8
SEEN BEFORE     –     NO
RECOMMEND?     –     YES
OVERALL     –  FUNNY AND IF YOU LIKED CHAPLINS SILENT FILMS THIS IS SOMETHING DIFFERENT.

127 – The Kid (1921)

The tramp contemplates dumping the kid down a drain.

The tramp contemplates dumping the kid down a drain.

Chaplin again in a written/starring/directing credit for The Kid.Running at a more manageable 54 minutes long The Kid seems to work.The Kid has some good bits where there’s not title cards to know what they’re saying like when the two crooks discover there is a baby in the back seat of the car they stole and one turns to the other with a gun pointed at the baby’s head and mouths the words ‘will i shoot it?’.Dark and funny.The story of The Kid is a woman has a kid and has some sort of post natal depression and dumps it.The Tramp finds it and tries to off load it but there always seems to be a cop around and decides to keep it.5 years on and the two and like best buddies,running scams and splitting meals right down the middle.In the end  up the mother becomes famous for some reason and rich and finds the kid.You can guess the rest.

IMDB RATING      –     8.2
MY RATING     –    7.7
SEEN BEFORE     –     NO
RECOMMEND?     –     YES
OVERALL     –  CHAPLINS GOOD AND ALL BUT I DO PREFER BUSTER KEATON.

135 – The Gold Rush (1925)

I've eaten worse.Wilmas stuffed peppers.

I’ve eaten worse.Wilmas stuffed peppers.

Here we have Charlie Chaplin in a silent movie.Slap stick comedy at its finest.The little tramp finds his way to Alaska in search of his fortune.Unprepared it doesn’t take long for him to get lost in the snow and end up in the cabin of a wanted man.There’s a tussle and the big dude bolts it.So he’s holed up here for a bit then shoots a bear eats it and heads to the nearest town.He meets a girl he likes and then we have the classic Disney – Boy likes girl,boy not good enough for girl,girl leads him on,boy thinks its real,girl stands him up,boy crys and leaves.What a bitch.But wait!then the tramp who she was fucking with his head is now a millionaire!And they all lived happily ever after.Horse shit.This film was about 30 minutes too long.

IMDB RATING      –     8.2
MY RATING     –    6
SEEN BEFORE     –     NO
RECOMMEND?     –     NO
OVERALL     –  GOOD SLAP STICK,BUT THE STORY WITH THE GIRL IS TRIPE.