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The Kid

21 Feb

To me, Charlie Chaplin’s 1921 film, The Kid is the most entertaining and substantial film we have seen so far. It tells the story of a poor man who happens upon an abandoned child, and raises him as his son. The two grow close, and you truly feel a connection between the two before the drama begins. The authorities eventually find out that the two are not related, and attempt to separate them. This is when the ‘classic chaplin’ begins. Chaplin finds any way he can to keep with his boy, even traversing rooftops to catch a car taking his boy away. Chaplin includes comedy, and a substantial amount, but to me, this film wasn’t about comedy. For the first time, we see an early film that doesn’t rely wholly on comedy to be successful.

 

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Posted by on February 21, 2011 in 1921-1930, Charlie Chaplin

 

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