Friday, July 17, 2009

Gold Rush (1925)

I was planning on talking about Modern Times (1936) by Charles Chaplin, when I decided to mention some of his phenomenal work. But I just couldn't formally introduce him on my blog without mentioning 'Gold Rush' first. Back in school I never really cared for Chaplin. The only time I got to see his work was when I was on a plane and they were viewing some of his short movies. I never really understood what the fuss about him was until I saw this masterpiece.

'Gold Rush' made me understand why Chaplin is remembered until today and forever. I was really speechless by the end of this silent film. What was so great (in general) about Charles is that he made you love his acting while remaining completely silent. His characters in his films were just so pure, honest, and innocent you couldn't not fall inlove with the man. I decided to mention 'Gold Rush' to you first because this is what made me a fan of his fabulous work. This film probably reflects his true talent in what he did and shows you why no one can and will ever replace him.

The one scene that had me on the floor and made me love him even more is the one below.

*He had just boiled his shoe for supper, rather than starving to death*

If you watch this film and lack to see what is so unique about it then I really doubt you will enjoy his other work. Which is a real shame.

Just keep one thing in mind. The man could show us any sort of emotion without having to say a single word.

1 comment:

  1. I totally agree. I watched this film in college and after that I was hooked on his work. "The Gold Rush" is one of his best films!