I like Chaplin. I like the idea of restoring his films. It's just that too much of any one thing can lead to ennui. Familiarity breeding contempt? Let's get some diversity in there. Maybe some Keaton, Lloyd, or maybe some obscure French silent film?
An earlier, less advanced short from Chaplin's Mutual period, with a much less robust plot (or rather, premise) than what would come later. A lot of it is mayhem for its own sake, but Chaplin on skates is a sight to see, and it's charming to watch him set up a handful of separate plot threads and have them all come crashing together. Poor Eric Campbell…I hope he and Margaret Dumont went out for drinks sometime.
There are better Chaplin Mutual pictures than this one. The narration is a little bit chaotic and confused. And of course when I watched "The Rink" I have always the wonderfully performed roller skating scene from "Modern Times" in mind...
A skating rink is a perfect setting for classic Chaplin physical comedy. The transitional antics between the kitchen and dining room are quickly paced and expertly staged. Top notch slapstick, as per usual.
Chaplin has a preternatural ability for the roller skate. It is like a smooth chaos as he trips his opponent and casually orbits the ensuing blunder. As always, I get the biggest hoot from the wonderful selection of facial hair, this one being the cook with the scraggly gold miner beard. It has been nice watching these shorts but a little diversity is due. Or perhaps the features by Chaplin are on the horizon?