A classic film, Charlie Chaplin is a comedic genius for his time. Only one man can make walking up stairs that funny. Chaplin does everything for the film, theres no camera or editing tricks, he brings alive his character through his motions, creating a classic comedy film.
Chaplin's ability to tell a story with his facial expressions is astounding. In a film with no dialogue and occasional text boxes, the ability of the actors to communicate the situation is imperative. The look of pure terror Chaplin showed when confronted with the tiger rug perfectly expressed that he felt he was dealing with a real animal. Some of the effects were great as well, such as the taxi fare spinning.
I didn't like this movie the lighting and background music helped set the mood but the content of the movies was very poor. Granted this movies was only 22 minutes long it could have been extended a few more minutes to make the movie a little interesting or at least a little bit funnier. There were a few parts that were funny, but there were a few parts that I couldn't quite understand the meaning of the movie.
Solid Chaplin effort. Great slapstick and gags throughout. Really solid performance. A drunk gets dropped off at his house and he makes numerous attempts to get out of the taxi, get in his house, and battles the furniture and decorations in his home as he tries to get upstairs to go to bed. Very simple concept full of great physical comedy. Chaplin throws his body around with great abandon. Great stuff.
Repetitive and obvious, but drunken slapstick is universal, particularly when performed by a master. Could have been solid gold 10-15 minutes shorter, but Chaplin never fails to make me giggle. To steal from Barton Fink: Charlie Chaplin. Drunk in a house full of props. Whaddaya need, a road map?!
The common man's Nijinsky! Cosmo Kramer is his grand-nephew. I wonder, too, if this was an influence on Scorsese's After Hours. Remember Teri Garr's clock? Wonderful, improvised-feeling tango score by Carl Davis (six steps forward, six steps back) with Debussy and other witty nods. Here's Davis on scoring the Mutuals: https://silentlondon.co.uk/2015/04/16/music-for-charlie-chaplin-carl-davis-on-scoring-the-mutuals/
Evidence that minds in 1916 had a longer attention span. With no appreciation or prior exposure to vaudeville, One A.M. reads like an interpretive modern dance piece. Chaplin is absolutely enchanting to watch and the struggles strike a chord with this alcoholic.