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|The Kid |
2 Disc Special Edition
Actors: Charles Chaplin, Edna Purviance, Jackie Coogan, Carl Miller, Albert Austin
Directors: Charles Chaplin, Robin Lough
Genres: Classics, Comedy, Drama, Kids & Family
The Kid is one of the purest expressions of Charlie Chaplin's art on film. It unites Chaplin with a boy he had spotted in a vaudeville act, 6-year-old Jackie Coogan--whose life would lead to the child-protective Coogan Act... more »
Member Movie Reviews
Reviewed on 12/21/2008...
The Kid is another Charlie Chaplin creation. Chaplin created this film shortly after the death of his three day old son. We are again introduced with his regular character, The Little Tramp. This is one of the few films that Charlie shared the limelight with a co-star, Jackie Coogan. Jackie Coogan plays The Kid, and would eventually disappear into obscurity a few years later until reappearing as Uncle Fester in The Munsters many years later.
The Kid is a fantastic film only 50 minutes long. As great as this film is, it is one of my least favorite Chaplin films, although one of my favorite films in general. I found some of Chaplin's other silent films such as City Lights or The Circus a bit more entertaining and smoother on the scene transitions. But this is still a film that I would recommend watching. It has a lot of heart and charm and showcases the hard work of Chaplin.
3 of 5 member(s) found this review helpful.
Great visuals, but truly "silent"
Dr. Samuel C. Conway | USA | 04/16/2010
(2 out of 5 stars)
"I am always nervous when I purchase a copy of a silent film that those who remastered it would have chosen an inappropriate musical accompaniment. Imagine my disappointment when I learned that this fine Chaplin film had absolutely NO sound. Even in the Nickelodeons there would at least be a wheezy pump-organ to supply some sort of music to go with the action. Having no sound at all was distracting and greatly diminished the impact of the visuals.
Chaplin Collection 2
Thomas J. Hoffman | 02/10/2010
(5 out of 5 stars)
"As is volume one, this set offers the best looking/sounding versions of Chaplin features to date. I would focus this review on A King In New York, only because I have recently read so many negative reviews about this film. A King In New York was produced by Chaplin while he was being banned from the United States. Without the controlled environment of his LaBrea Studios or the financial support of United Artists (and while being subjected to McCarthy era blacklisting)Chaplin managed to create an honest snapshot of 1950's America. His parody is far more benevolent than many other filmmakers in this position might have offered. I find "King" to be a genuinely funny, if modestly produced film. Monsier Verdoux requires a paradyme shift. This is not the lighthearted optimistic little tramp. This collection showcases the depth and scope of a great artist."