Chaplin's first feature length film is still a delight over 90 years later !!!! The mix of the comedic and the human is oft touching beyond words. Coogan may well give the best childhood performance ever in a heartbreaking but often funny turn. Chaplin of course is a delight taking the lovable tramp from years of short films and giving him even more depth and everyman humanity. Essential cinema.
So many classic moments make Chaplin's first full length film a Masterpiece.Moves quickly with a fitting music score that is not too sentimental.Best of all--Jackie Coogan plays the boy at 5 years old.
Chaplin's Little Tramp character discovers an abandoned baby and raises him as his own, while his mother who abandoned becomes a major performing star and takes up charity work for underprivileged children in hopes of reuniting him. A beguiling and emotional charmer, Chaplin tickles the funny bone and pulls the heart strings with equal aplomb.
Another example of Chaplin's maestry to blend great comedic moments with heartwarming sensitivity. Charlie Chaplin and Jackie Coogan are one of the best and most recognizable partners ever in a motion picture. pure silent magic.
This film reminds me of my childhood in ways. Not because of all the poverty and debatable child abuse, but because of the imagery and feel of the piece. Chaplin may have the warmest sensibility in cinema. However overwrought it may be to today’s standards it is still wonderfully powerful emotion that shines through, and you never get the sense that the little tramp is faking any of it.
An ongoing burlesque Chaplin success with explicit emotional ostentation and manifest. Even then dreams were already personalized by deep unique fantasies: how the unconscious fills the holes in the reality of the character's self-restraint mind is priceless.