• Charlie-as-waiter jots items on a patron's check: "spigitty", "mellon", "4 biers"
• Master of the physical universe.
• Why do men eat tools, impedimenta of men? 'Not anymore, Jack!'
• Chaplin's physical strength. When he tears the arms off chairs, there's no need to rig them in pre-production.
• A difficult film to follow, the mind skates along.
• You have seen nothing until you've seen Charlie on roller-skates. Anyone who watches Chaplin, from cinephile to 'popular spectator,' understands that he's the equal of Keaton. Aside from the tours-de-force of the two rink sequences, watch Charlie, seated on the bench next to Edna Purviance, use the lip of the moulding on the wall behind his head to make his hat "floop!" up repeatedly in expression of delight, as though it were attached to a string jerked by a grip in the rafters.
• The film's title becomes metaphor that you need not consciously comprehend, but you watch the film and you understand The Rink exactly.
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