Thursday, March 15, 2012

"The Gold Rush" Chaplin's Classic Original

BASIC INFO:
TITLE: "The Gold Rush
YEAR OF RELEASE: 1925
DIRECTOR: Charles Chaplin
STARS: Charles Chaplin, Georgia Hale
EDITOR: Charles Chaplin
AWARDS: Best Music Scoring, of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture (Oscar), Best Sound, Recording (Oscar)
BOX OFFICE: N/A
RUN TIME: 95 min.
RATING: N/A
VIEWING FORMAT: 35 mm film print

SUMMARY:
The story of a lone prospector (Chaplin in his famed "Little Tramp" role) who tries to find wealth in both riches and romance in Alaska during the gold rush.

WHY THIS IS THE FILM OF THE WEEK:
Any film of Charlie Chaplin's could be considered a classic. His "Little Tramp" is considered to be one of the most recognized icons in history, and his comedy survives past its initial audience to continue to please audiences around the world.

This film is unique in that it was recut and rereleased in 1942, for which it earned two Oscar nominations. Many consider this to be an inferior film. Chaplin cut out complete scenes, including much of the romance story (he was having an affair with Georgia Hale at the time of filming, but no longer at the time of the rerelease). He also re-scored the film, and in essence, changed the tone and impact of the movie itself. It was believed for many years that the original cut was gone, but it has recently been laid to film once again, thanks to the hard work of collectors and film historians, and can be seen in some repertoire theatres today.

CRITIQUE:
This film was almost magical. It is hilarious (when is Chaplin not funny?). It incorporates a few of his most famous routines, including the dancing rolls, and the shoe dinner scene. It is a hard film to critique, because it seems to do everything so well. The comedy is timeless, the story is relatable, and heartfelt. It is exciting at times, and does not let down. This is a film to see!

MY IMDb RATING:  8 out of 10


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