3-4. A wonderfully sentimental comedy that, par for Chaplin, takes aim at unfettered capitalistic greed both implicitly and explicitly. Particularly impressive is how the movie establishes the setting as an atmosphere entirely about the death and despair wrought by the search for gold. Yet the movie is animated by the tramp's tender feelings for his lady love (great poetic evocation with the 'snowy' feathers btw).
Truly innovative piece of cinema which makes wonders in terms of Chaplin's unique way of mastering horizontal movement in the frame. It features several wonderful scenes of film anthology. Great fun with the usually dizzying circularities (a sort of metaphysics for Chaplin), literaly in the cabin and also in terms of narrative. Both in the wilderness and at the bar Chaplin hits a goldmine!
The scenes in the cabin - both in the beginning and the end - are pure Chaplin genius: a combination of physical comedy, wit, perfect staging and inventive usage of the surroundings. I wasn’t totally “in” with the love story, but I guess it’s needed for emotional aspects. I saw the film with live orchestration. The music composed by Chaplin himself (with Max Terr) for 1942 version really adds something to the film.
Stupendous visual comedy, with a special mention to the legendary bread-dancing routine. Watched the 1942 reissue with added narration and it wasn't long before I had to switch to the original silent 1925 version, which I highly recommend, even though the cut on the reissue is somewhat nicer to watch.
The endearing little tramp gets wrapped up in the gold rush, as the title implies, and engages in the usual sorts of shenanigans he is bound to find himself wound up in. As thoroughly enjoyable and iconic as City Lights, but not quite reaching that films sentimental heights. Regardless, it is as funny and warm as that picture was, and possibly just as good in its own right.
Falls just behind Modern Times and City Lights for me, but still an incredible movie. Personally got hung up on the resolution of the love story and Georgia character (though again, unfair to compare it to the ending with the blind girl and return to trampdom that occurs in so many of his other films). The dancing rolls might be an all time favorite scene. Highly recommend.