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Charlie Chaplin United States, 1916

Duncan Gray's rating of the film One A.M.

The premise is a bit small to sustain 27 minutes, but One AM is well worth it for two reasons beyond the joy of seeing Charlie do his thing. First is the sense in which he was experimenting, like Hitchcock with Rope, seeing how much he could twist his formula and still have a film. Second is the use of the set, the way mundane objects get repurposed in comic, anarchic ways. Proto-Tati, for sure.