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Best Chaplin Film

The Great Ditator
  16% (4)
  0% (0)
City Lights
  25% (6)
The Gold Rush
  12% (3)
A King in New York
  0% (0)
Modern Times
  20% (5)
The Kid
  8% (2)
Monsieur Verdoux
  0% (0)
The Circus
  16% (4)

Total Votes : 24

(last vote on : 26/9/2013 2:58:25 PM)
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Best Chaplin Film - 20/3/2013 8:01:20 PM   


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Which do you think is Charlie Chaplin's best film?


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RE: Best Chaplin Film - 21/3/2013 12:57:24 PM   
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It's a toughie, but probably Modern Times. Absolutely brilliant.


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RE: Best Chaplin Film - 21/3/2013 10:29:19 PM   


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The Circus is already seen as the best? Wow unexpected. Please share your thoughts on it :)


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RE: Best Chaplin Film - 22/3/2013 1:52:31 PM   

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Got to be the Gold Rush. Though modern times is a close second for me.

Great Dictator almost got my fault purely for the food fight between Hynkel and Napolini


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RE: Best Chaplin Film - 23/3/2013 3:00:38 AM   

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I've never really been a fan of Chaplin. In terms of the silent comedians, for me he comes a distant third behind Buster Keaton and Harold Lloyd.
When I compiled my list of fifty favourite comedies, The Gold Rush was the only Chaplin film to make the list, and then well behind Keaton's The General and Sherlock Jnr., and Lloyd's Safety Last.


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RE: Best Chaplin Film - 14/4/2013 11:13:40 PM   


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This is what I really enjoy about these forums. I never consider myself a Chaplin fan. When asked about the Silent greats, my mind usually goes to Keaton and Harold, but I DO love Chaplin. He has an effortless grace about him. My favorite has to be City Lights, but that is probably because it is my first exposure to Chaplin.

The Great Dictator and Modern Times are true classicsl, but I love the timeless elegance and charming intamacy of City Lights.


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RE: Best Chaplin Film - 18/4/2013 12:40:56 AM   
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The last couple of comments have re-inforced my view that Chaplin seems to have gone out of fashion somewhat; particularly amongst critics. I genuinely think his work is due a re-evaluation. I can laugh out loud at a Harold Lloyd film and marvel at the genius of Buster Keaton but I don't think either made a catalogue of films as cinematically adventurous or rounded as Chaplin.

The Kid, The Gold Rush, City Lights and Modern Times could all grace any list of greatest films ever made without the raising of too many eyebrows but, for me, I have to throw in another vote for The Circus. It is as close to perfection as Chaplin ever got.

I have to admit that I detest The Great Dictator though!


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RE: Best Chaplin Film - 18/4/2013 6:16:58 AM   


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Harry Lime has got a good point (in addition to having a really cool ID). Every few years or so popular culture “discovers” a great silent comedian, and Chaplin is well past due. Some films, like Johnny Depp’s Benny and Joon (Man, am I dating myself!) which pay homage to Buster Keaton, put these greats in front of a new audience.

Sadly, it might take something as bad as a Justin Bieber “Chaplin” vehicle so that we can all look at that and say “there’s no way he is even a tenth as talented as Chaplin.

By the way, speaking of Harry Lime, there was a radio show called the Third Man. Like the film, it stars Orson Welles as the titular character, but is a prequel to the movie. In the radio show, Harry is a “lovable scamp” who has a “heart of gold.” It has always bothered me that this “scamp” is a genuine Scumbag in the movie.

Also a great Graham Green story!


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RE: Best Chaplin Film - 4/6/2013 7:40:47 PM   

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I am such a fan of Chaplin, but for some reason Modern Times touches me in a way no other film could. The emotion the film is expressing is one of our times, the constant change and reinvention of one's self. Not to mention Paulette Godard is a drop-dead knockout, easily the most beautiful women to ever live. Their on-screen chemistry helps you fall in love all over again and again with every watch. A classic through and through.


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RE: Best Chaplin Film - 8/6/2013 1:21:41 AM   
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City Lights has the most beautiful emotion which gets my vote. That ending gets me every time. It makes you cry, not because it's sad but because of how beautiful it is when they finally see each other and themselves.

However The Circus is probably his funniest.

The Great Dictator is important, Limelight is the most personal and best directed.Gold Rush in my opinion sums up his career.

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RE: Best Chaplin Film - 20/6/2013 7:40:30 PM   
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Found this article:
It's about chaplin and the city and what he has to say about it regarding the economy.
I found the article "What makes people laugh" by him on the FB page:

Anyone know if he has written anything else like it besides "My Autobiography"

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