- Directors: Charles Chaplin
- Format: NTSC, Subtitled
- Language: English
- Subtitles: English
- Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
- Number of discs: 2
- Studio: Criterion
- Release Date: June 12 2012
- Run Time: 160 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 25 customer reviews
- ASIN: B007N5YJPC
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #38,095 in Movies & TV Shows (See Top 100 in Movies & TV Shows)
Gold Rush (The Criterion Collection)
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After the box-office failure of his first dramatic film, A Woman of Paris, Charlie Chaplin brooded over his ensuing comedy. "The next film must be an epic!" he recalled in his autobiography. "The greatest!" He found inspiration, paradoxically, in stories of the backbreaking Alaskan gold rush and the cannibalistic Donner Party. These tales of tragedy and endurance provided Chaplin with a rich vein of comic possibilities. The Little Tramp finds himself in the Yukon, along with a swarm of prospectors heading over Chilkoot Pass (an amazing sight restaged by Chaplin in his opening scenes, filmed in the snowy Sierra Nevadas). When the Tramp is trapped in a mountain cabin with two other fortune hunters, Chaplin stages a veritable ballet of starvation, culminating in the cooking of a leathery boot. Back in town, the Tramp is smitten by a dance-hall girl (Georgia 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. --Robert Horton --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Disc 1 has the 69-minute reissue version of the film, prepared by Chaplin in 1942, with his own musical score and narration; disc 2 has the 96-minute silent original (some Chaplin fans prefer it silent). Along with photo gallery, posters, and trailers, there's a half-hour documentary that includes Burkina Faso filmmaker Idrissa Ouedraogo's comments. --Robert Horton --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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In this classic silent comedy, the Little Tramp heads north as prospectors in search of fortune in Gold Rush. After getting caught is snow storm, he hurries to only shelter he finds which is a wood cabin in the middle of nowhere. It turns out that that cabin was already occupied by a criminal Black Larson. There are countless memorable and comic situations inside cabin between Black Larson and Charlie including cooking of boots and cabin at the edge of cliff. Under the comedy lies the serious quest of Tramp for wealth and hardships he faces. He finds a beautiful dance-hall girl (Georgia Hall) and tries to get noticed by her. Again there are many comedy situation at dance halls like famous dance of the dinner rolls. Charlie becomes millionaire and meets Georgia again. In this movie Charlie brings lots of hilarious moments while highlighting various aspects human life such as Love, Kindness, Greed, Poverty, Loneliness, Hunger and societal difference created between rich and poor. It also showcases human weaknesses in tough times and at the same time showcases ability of human being to remain elevated in hard times. Charlie Chaplin’s masterpiece has numerous memorable scenes in one masterpiece, some of them are extremely hilarious while some are quite moving. “Gold Rush” is definitely is an essential viewing- probably multiple times.
Charlie Chaplin is undisputed masters of cinema. Thanks Criterion for bringing this to Hi-def life (and others: Modern Times, The Kid, The Great Dictator, City Lights and Limelight) and Salute to Maestro Charlie Chaplin !
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