Thursday, February 10, 2011

Caught in a Cabaret


Don't Call It Chaplinesque


Caught in a Cabaret by Charles Chaplin and Mabel Normand, 1914:



Chaplin at the co-helm again, but Caught in a Cabaret speaks more to the Normand sensibility, such as it ever was / I can take it or leave it / It's Charlie vs. Mike the Barber, if Charlie lived a hundred years later in Princeton / The film finds Mabel and Charlie in a go at harmony / There's some slumming / A bust-up / Reverse-shots are taken on the same lateral plane, on a different set / One or two framings remind me of my favorite qualities of Puce Moment and Diary of a Lost Girl / But overall, with a picture like this, if I were alive in 1914, I'd probably need more evidence than Caught in a Cabaret can produce for the case that photoplays are time well spent

Caught in a Cabaret by Charles Chaplin and Mabel Normand, 1914:




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Previous pieces on Chaplin at Cinemasparagus:

Making a Living [Lehrman, 1914] / Kid Auto Races at Venice, Cal. [Lehrman, 1914] / Mabel's Strange Predicament [Normand, 1914] / Between Showers [Lehrman, 1914] / A Film Johnnie [George Nichols, 1914] / Tango Tangles [Sennett, 1914] / His Favorite Pastime [George Nichols, 1914] / Cruel, Cruel Love [George Nichols, 1914] / The Star Boarder [George Nichols, 1914] / Mabel at the Wheel [Normand and Sennett, 1914] / Twenty Minutes of Love [Chaplin and Maddern, 1914]


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