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.

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.