Chaplin haciendo aviso de que es su primer drama (no risas, no protagonizándolo). Su discurso, sin embargo, está omnipresente. El director no abandona su cine comprometido, uno que, por ejemplo, no duda en burlarse de lo sofisticado o castiga la amoralidad de su protagonista principal. Eso último es tal vez el talón de Aquiles de la película; hay una sobrecarga de drama y un cierre redentor de cuento de hadas.
A solid drama about the dangers of being "sophisticated". Dramas of mundane existence didn't seem to find their voice, so to speak, until the advent of sound in cinema. It's just an extremely difficult genre to execute successfully in silent film, depending as it does more on dialogue than the more melodramatic action, spectacle, and comedy which made for successful silent films.
Enjoyed it as my first Chaplin tragedy, but the lack of a central sympathetic character brought it down for me. I don't necessarily miss the Tramp, but poor forlorn Jean Millet was the only character I attached to, and he was absent most of the time.
Charles Chaplin is not the star of this, his first serious drama. It's a silent film but Chaplin's direction of actors is so good that they don't overact, all seems very natural. the story is full of controversial or indecent themes for the time it was made (rebellious children, sex outside matrimony, women's lib). A very subtle novelty, as Chaplin said "it's all about how men and women tend to hide their emotions"