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a classic movie..holds up today in all ways
on August 25, 2013
To view this film today..i am speakin gof the 1925 version..in comparison to the inferior 1942 rerelease and edited/rerelease is to see mr chaplin at the height of his creative powers. A great film and what some critics dislike in his earlier films..the pathos..the lower class origins..politicizing of the hero..these elements are not so much an issue romance..the hunt for TREASURE..and what that treasure is and entails redeems this work..the original which premiered in L.A. became one of the highest grossing silent films, 7M plus..a big success and the premier saw many studio and stars of 1925..few of these would make the transition to sound films..almost none..charlie managed to hang on and the talking charlie was quite different..and the silent film is almost a different medium in all ways.the acting, and so on..here is one of the great silent films!!
The tramp or little man..the insignificiant..was a popular literary figure in london, not popular with readers outsid eof england, but the Dickens character and other practitioners of this character, the uneducated bumpkin, charlie gives an interpretation of a type of this character whoose warmth humor and value has some source some way of moralizing this character..and we must peep through the drama to find it inthe Gold Rush. Like todays lottery ticket..som eplaces you could win hundreds of millions, and they are a part of modern culture the search for unlimited wealth to have it all and purchase and surround ourselves with all the trappings of success..here is the low class hero..on aa search for gold. He battles with big Jim...that too is a literary type..and all the obstacles..to get hearts desire the heart of the film is the romantic life and the woman featured throughout the film..women through all walks of life..as if the gold rush was shot to film women in the various guises we see them in contemporary life..and what the people around them want to make of them and what they make of themselves..the scenes in the bar,,prostitute like figures..fighting for some worth..and dignity..and the four or five figures in the snow..snow balls tossed at charlie..classic scenes the scenes in the snow,,and as trhe women come interior like inside..and charlie throughout shows some ability to show relationship and emotions..among a group setting..touching and swiftly moving..the tale moves quickly from one scene to another..the women appealing and desirable and not overly sensualized to bring other elements to the fore..here we have christmas/new years..new years is the big feast not christmas..it suits the romantic nature of the film..new year and new beginnings love well new riches..the new year theme or a new person brought on by love being fulfilled..GREAT EXPECTATIONS realized..and i congratulate mr chaplin for filming women and ladies sphisticated and desirable in large numbers and able in various settings to put these fantasy figures across to the viewer..but solitude,,the elements..snow..perils of exterior scenes..can only be relieved by a FIGURE..GEORGIA..like ms GEORGIA..or ms UNIVERSE..the lower class dream of love as in a Dickens novel and the life of Dickens..is this the gold rush at the end..a parting kiss as the 1925 film shows..a long passionate kiss setting the hero off..INTIMACY as the prime reward in life many comic scenes..food eating..and good spewcial effectsof the home..greatly filmed for its time..the intimate life as a new heaven..new year..love as an antidote to solitude and despair..comedic hijinks..it moves so swiftly and venturesomely that we are on a ride and a ride all will enjoy..SOUND..1942 rerelease was reedited for sound audiences..the ending chopped and the hero is not seen as a fulfilled person..with a long lasting kiss..the war/personal despair and relations soured..it changes the tone..and 11 minutes are dropped..and the over narration seems clumsy and didactic..lecture like as the words are dropped from the screen..but watch both versions and Chaplin preferred later version..and destroyed or tried to 1925..and good it has been preserved..charlie at his best!! one of the great silent films..