Wednesday, June 22, 2011

The Face on the Barroom Floor

The Last Chaplin Film Is A Countess from Hong Kong

The Face on the Barroom Floor by Charles Chaplin, 1914:

Based on the poem / The tale of a fine-artist turned drunk, The Face on the Barroom Floor marks a progression toward storyline rather than premise, arc of development / Splatter of paint on his shirttail, he sees the woman who left him for the portrait sitter, pushing a carriage in a park, their children trailing them — a remarkable response crosses Charlie's face / The pathos of his attempt to draw Medeline's face in chalk on the barroom floor, the pathetic scribble, the birth of Chaplin


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] / Caught in a Cabaret [Chaplin and Normand, 1914] / Caught in the Rain [Chaplin, 1914] / A Busy Day [Sennett, 1914] / The Fatal Mallet [Sennett, 1914] / The Knockout [Sennett, 1914] / Mabel's Busy Day [Sennett, 1914] / Mabel's Married Life [Sennett, 1914] / Laughing Gas [Chaplin, 1914] / The Property Man [Chaplin, 1914]


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