Daily Archives: April 12, 2008

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34. The Gold Rush (Charlie Chaplin, 1925)

Pretty much most famous for the roll dance(depicted above) and Charlie Chaplin eating of his boot. Also a direct influence on this Simpsons episode.

I liked the movie, but it was bit underwhelming when I first saw it. With some of the films especially the top 100 on the list, there is a disconnect between my expectation due to their ranking, and what my response actually is.

Having now seen almost every Chaplin feature length film, I am starting to understand how good he was, and how intricate his films are, and how rich his comedy is. All these gags that have been redone endlessly are really well thought out and well executed, and I think my being underwhelmed by “The Gold Rush” is more due to 83 years worth of comedy having followed it, and seeing all his techniques and ideas used over and over again to the point that the revolutionary aspects of Chaplin’s work seem commonplace.

On filmaffinity.com I gave the film an 8/10, but the more I think about it, I would probably give in a 9/10. It’s the best of his big 3 films: “The Gold Rush“, “City Lights“, and “Modern Times“.

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