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The Great Dictator (1940)

Posted by Technoheaven on January 1, 1940

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125 min – view video trailer

Director: Charlie Chaplin
Starring: Charlie Chaplin, Paulette Goddard, Jack Oakie

Genres: Comedy, Drama, War

IMDB 8.5 / Amazon 4.7 / MRQE 79% / Tomatometer 95%

Oscars: nominated for 5, won 0

Ranked #185 Greatest Movies Through 1960, a Zagat Top Movie

Dictator Adenoid Hynkel has a doppelganger, a poor but kind Jewish barber living in the slums, who one day is mistaken for Hynkel. IMDB 8.5 rating from over 57,868 users

Since Adolf Hitler had the audacity to borrow his mustache from the most famous celebrity in the world–Charlie Chaplin–it meant Hitler was fair game for Chaplin’s comedy. (Strangely, the two men were born within four days of each other.) The Great Dictator, conceived in the late thirties but not released until 1940, when Hitler’s war was raging across Europe, is the film that skewered the tyrant. Chaplin plays both Adenoid Hynkel, the power-mad ruler of Tomania, and a humble Jewish barber suffering under the dictator’s rule. Amazon 4.7 stars from over 112 users

“This is the story of the period between two world wars–an interim during which insanity cut loose, liberty took a nose dive, and humanity was kicked around somewhat.” With this pithy opening title, Charles Chaplin begins his first all-talking feature film, The Great Dictator. Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer 95% Audience 93%

MRQE 79% from over 50 reviews

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Modern Times (1936)

Posted by Technoheaven on January 1, 1936

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87 min – View video trailer

Director: Charlie Chaplin
Starring: Charlie Chaplin, Paulette Goddard, Henry Bergman

Genres: Comedy, Drama, Romance

IMDB 8.5 / Amazon 4.8 / MRQE 96 / Decent Films A
Zagat Overall 28, Acting 26, Story 26, Production 25

Ranked #21 Greatest Movies Through 1960, included in 17 of 41 lists of greatest movies

The Tramp struggles to live in modern industrial society with the help of a young homeless woman. IMDB rating 8.5 from over 57,555 users

Zagat summary snippet: There’s little dialogue, but Chaplin’s heartwarming performance and sharp swipes at the age of technology transcend words… a must-see in THESE times.

With its barrage of unforgettable gags and sly commentary on class struggle during the Great Depression, Modern Times—though made almost a decade into the talkie era and containing moments of sound (even song!)—is a timeless showcase of Chaplin’s untouchable genius as a director of silent comedy. Amazon 4.8 stars from over 89 users

The most important reason for the film’s ongoing relevance is its contemporary themes and forward-looking perspective. The famous symbolic opening shot, with footage of wave after wave of sheep crowding through a sheepfold passageway suddenly dissolving into footage of workers bustling out of a subway station, has lost nothing of its impact. Decent Films A rating and 4 stars Artistic/Entertainment value for Kids & Up

We have to remind ourselves how prescient this movie was. To us, it may not be surprising that the boss watches the workers on screen, but this was before the invention of television–and more than a decade before the publication of Orwell’s 1984. BeliefNet Movie Mom A+ rating, content advisory: Profanity: none, Nudity/Sex: none, Violence/Scariness: none, Alcohol/Drugs: cocaine accidentally ingested

MRQE gave it 96% rating with links to more than 55 reviews.

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City Lights (1931)

Posted by Technoheaven on January 1, 1931

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87 min – G – view video trailer

Director: Charles Chaplin
Writer: Charles Chaplin
Starring: Charles Chaplin, Viginia Cherrill, Florence Lee

Genres: Comedy, Drama, Romance

IMDB 8.6 / Amazon 4.8 / Decent Films A+ / MovieGuide 4 stars

Oscars: none

Ranked #16 Greatest Movies Through 1960, a Zagat Top Movie

The Tramp struggles to help a blind flower girl he has fallen in love with.  IMDB 8.6 rating from over 46,332 users

Talkies were well entrenched when Charles Chaplin swam against the filmmaking tide with this forever classic that’s silent except for music and sound effects. The story, involving the Tramp’s attempts to get money for an operation that will restore sight to a blind flower girl, provides the star with an ideal framework for sentiment and laughs. Amazon 4.8 stars from over 114 users

City Lights is the quintessential Chaplin film — both the most perfectly crafted and satisfying of all his films, and also the most representative of all the different textures and tones for which Chaplin is remembered, from slapstick and pantomime to pathos and sentiment, farce and irreverence to melodrama and social commentary. Read full Decent Films review (rated A+, Superior artistic-entertainment for Kids & Up)

Compassion triumphs in this film where: the Bible is shown as a direct influence for a family’s faith; alcoholism is characterized as a negative; and, situational and slap-stick comedy, but no violence or sexual immorality. MovieGuide 4 stars

MRQE links to over 44 reviews

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Gold Rush (1925) Rereleased (1942)

Posted by Technoheaven on January 1, 1925

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Rereleased with sound (1942)

95 min – view video trailer

Director: Charles Chaplin
Writer: Charles Chaplin
Starring: Charles Chaplin, Mack Swain, Tom Murray

Genres: Adventure, Comedy, Family

Oscars: pre-Oscars – rerelease nominated for 2, won 0

IMDB 8.3 / Amazon 4.3 / MRQE 93% / Decent Films A

Ranked #39 Greatest Movies Through 1960, a Zagat Top Movie

The Tramp goes the Klondike in search of gold and finds it and more. IMDB 8.3 rating from over 31,710 users

eorgia Hale), but it seems impossible that she could ever notice him. The Gold Rush is one of Chaplin’s simplest, loveliest features; and despite its high comedy, it never strays far from Chaplin’s keen grasp of loneliness. In 1942, Chaplin reedited the film and added music and his own narration for a successful rerelease. Amazon 4.3 stars from over 69 users

City Lights might be Chaplin’s most exquisite achievement, but he never made a funnier or more beloved film than his own personal favorite, The Gold Rush. Read full Decent Films review (rated A, Superior artistic-entertainment for Kids & Up)

MRQE 93% from over 39 reviews

Notes: originally released before the Oscars – the sound version was nominated for 2 Oscars

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