Wednesday, June 22, 2011


The Last Chaplin Film Is A Countess from Hong Kong

Recreation by Charles Chaplin, 1914:

Split-reel, 6 minute 22 second runthrough of various Keystone motifs: meeting a woman in a park, sitting on a bench, ducking a blow so the lady takes the punch, winging a brick (across cuts — the long shot wasn't in the vocabulary yet), people falling in water... the cop on the scene / Charlie wears the same sportcoat as in The Face on the Barroom Floor, paint splotch on the rear / Recreation is phoned-in, but the compositions (once the non-duped footage kicks in, fairly pristine) are a definite refinement over previous Keystone efforts, the natural setting here alive and charged


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] / The Face on the Barroom Floor [Chaplin, 1914]


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