Sunday, February 7, 2016

THE GOLD RUSH by Charlie Chaplin

Charlie Chapin, the most recognized name in the world since the 1920's the world over. Chaplin provides us with humanity, through a little tramp with Hitler's mustache, with a distinct waddle, cane, and top hat. THE GOLD RUSH, his best silent comedy, begins with shots of a line of people trudging to Alaska, single file, the men of the world out to make their fortune. And then we find the tramp waddling across the tundra, poorly dressed for the weather, a lone traveler. His loneness, apart from the rest of humanity, makes him our hero. He doesn't act as he should, he's clumsy but kind-hearted, and it's in him that we find what we like to call humanity.

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