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Modern Times
Part of the Series: Janus Silent Films from Charlie Chaplin & Harold Lloyd Collection
Charlie Chaplin's last outing as the Little Tramp puts the iconic character to work as a giddily inept factory employee who becomes smitten with a gorgeous gamine (Paulette Goddard). With its barrage of unforgettable gags and sly commentary on class…
City Lights
Part of the Series: Janus Silent Films from Charlie Chaplin & Harold Lloyd Collection
City Lights, the most cherished film by Charlie Chaplin, is also his ultimate Little Tramp chronicle. The writer-director-star achieved new levels of grace, in both physical comedy and dramatic poignancy, with this silent tale of a lovable vagrant falling for…
The Kid
Part of the Series: Janus Silent Films from Charlie Chaplin & Harold Lloyd Collection
Charlie Chaplin was sitting atop the movie world in 1921 when he decided (against heavy studio resistance) to make The Kid, his first dramatic comedy -- a tale of an abandoned baby adopted by an impoverished tramp and the life…
The Immigrant
Part of the Series: Chaplin's Mutual Comedies
The Immigrant, which contains elements of satire, irony, and romance as well as cinematic poetry, endures in the twenty-first century as a comic masterpiece. The film, Chaplin's eleventh in the Mutual series, is the best-constructed of his two-reelers and was…
The Circus
Part of the Series: Janus Silent Films from Charlie Chaplin & Harold Lloyd Collection
A little tramp accidentally falls in with a down-on-its-luck circus and his acrobatic and comedic skills start drawing audiences to the big-top in droves, but not without a bittersweet brush with romance for the gentle clown.
The Gold Rush
Part of the Series: Janus Silent Films from Charlie Chaplin & Harold Lloyd Collection
Charlie Chaplin's comedic masterwork--which charts a prospector's search for fortune in the Klondike and his discovery of romance (with the beautiful Georgia Hale)--forever cemented the iconic status of Chaplin and his Little Tramp character. Shot partly on location in the…
The Gold Rush - Silent Version
Part of the Series: Janus Silent Films from Charlie Chaplin & Harold Lloyd Collection
Charlie Chaplin's comedic masterwork--which charts a prospector's search for fortune in the Klondike and his discovery of romance (with the beautiful Georgia Hale)--forever cemented the iconic status of Chaplin and his Little Tramp character. Shot partly on location in the…
Chaplin at Keystone, Part 1
Part 1 Includes: Making a Living Kid Auto Races At Venice, Cal. Mabel's Strange Predicament Between Showers A Film Johnnie Tango Tangeles His Favorite Pastime Cruel, Cruel Love The Star Boarder Mabel at the Wheel Twenty Minutes of Love Caught…
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The Vagabond
Part of the Series: Chaplin's Mutual Comedies
The Vagabond, Chaplin's third Mutual film, was an important step in Chaplin's career, in which he interweaves pathos as an integral part of the comedy. He imposed an unlikely happy ending on The Vagabond, in which the gypsy drudge demands…
The Fireman
Part of the Series: Chaplin's Mutual Comedies
In Chaplin's second effort for Mutual, he portrays an inept firefighter at Fire Station 23. Charlie, still asleep, mistakes a drill bell for a fire alarm and single-handedly drives out the horse-drawn fire engine. When he discovers his error, he…
The Floor Walker
Part of the Series: Chaplin's Mutual Comedies
The Floorwalker, Chaplin's first film under his landmark contract with Lone Star-Mutual, has embezzlement as its subject. Chaplin's inspiration for the film came while he and his brother Sydney were in New York City negotiating his contract with Mutual. While…
The Pawnshop
Part of the Series: Chaplin's Mutual Comedies
In the sixth Mutual film, Charlie is a pawnbroker's assistant in a pawnshop that evokes the London of Chaplin's childhood. The film is rich in comic transposition, a key element to Chaplin's genius. The apex of such work in the…
The Rink
Part of the Series: Chaplin's Mutual Comedies
Chaplin's eighth film for Mutual, The Rink, is one of his most popular comedies. Charlie is an inept waiter who prepares the bill of Mr. Stout (Eric Campbell) by examining the soup, spaghetti, melon stains and other remnants on the…
Easy Street
Part of the Series: Chaplin's Mutual Comedies
Easy Street, his ninth film for Mutual and the most famous of the twelve, Chaplin ordered the first of the T-shaped street sets to be built that he would consistently utilize to provide a perfect backdrop to his comedy. The…
The Idle Class
Part of the Series: Janus Silent Films from Charlie Chaplin & Harold Lloyd Collection
A wealthy woman mistakes the Little Tramp for her alcoholic husband.
The Adventurer
Part of the Series: Chaplin's Mutual Comedies
The most popular of the Mutuals, The Adventurer begins and ends with a chase. It is the fastest-paced film of the series, and although it has more slapstick than Easy Street and The Immigrant, it is redeemed by its construction,…
One A.M.
Part of the Series: Chaplin's Mutual Comedies
One A.M., Chaplin's fourth Mutual, is an impressive piece of virtuosity, a solo performance except for a brief appearance by Albert Austin as a taxi driver. The film is a tour de force of Chaplin's superb pantomime and comic creativity…
The Cure
Part of the Series: Chaplin's Mutual Comedies
The Cure, the tenth film in the series, is perhaps the funniest of the Mutuals. It was partly inspired in its setting by the Fred Karno sketch, The Hydro, which was set in a hydrotherapy clinic.
Behind the Screen
Part of the Series: Chaplin's Mutual Comedies
A refinement of his earlier comedies set in a film studio, Behind the Screen, Chaplin's seventh film for Mutual, lampoons the unmotivated slapstick of the kind Chaplin disliked when he worked for Mack Sennett. Chaplin made the film as a…
The Count
Part of the Series: Chaplin's Mutual Comedies
The fifth film in the Mutual series, The Count, further develops the situations of films in which Charlie impersonates a man of means in order to underscore the contrast between rich and poor--one of his favorite themes.