Charlie Chaplin

Features

Wednesday, December 18 2013

The Best DVDs and Blu-rays of 2013

As home video spins off into various immediate options -- streaming, simultaneous theatrical and digital release -- there are still many gems to uncover in the increasingly obsolete format.


Sunday, January 8 2012

The Best DVDs of 2011

With the continuing rise of Blu-ray, this year sees a lot of repeat entries. Just because they're here again, however, doesn't mean they're any less special.


Columns

Tuesday, September 20 2011

Buster Keaton the Inventor and Charlie Chaplin the Conjurer

The films of Buster Keaton and Charlie Chaplin share a fraternal vitality and invention.


Wednesday, January 12 2011

Charlie Chaplin, Tramping Step by Step

The tremendously popular Charlie Chaplin movies were played until they fell apart and flaked off the nitrate, and time's warping and woofing did the rest.


Reviews

Thursday, July 12 2012

Extracting Melancholy Comedy Out of Dire Human Tragedy: 'The Gold Rush'

Charlie Chaplin's ability to make falling down look like ballet came from the darkest parts of his past.


Wednesday, June 15 2011

'Dead Funny: Humor in Hitler’s Germany' Is a Bleak, Disturbing and Well-Argued Book

Rudolph Herzog’s chilling assertions show that the presence of humor describing such events as the burning of the Reichstag building and the Night of the Long Knives means that these happenings were common knowledge and German citizens understood their meaning.


Sunday, January 30 2011

In 'Modern Times' the Little Tramp Steps Out of the Past and Into the Future One Last Time

This film features incisive social commentary, a charming relationship of equals, some of Charlie Chaplin's most iconic slapstick, and it looks ahead with playful speculation and scintillating savvy to the future.


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