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A Film Diary

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Watched: 23 September

Not quite up to the standard of Charlie Chaplin’s greatest work (I’d put Modern TimesCity Lights and The Great Dictator ahead of it, as well as Limelight), but it has the famous shoe-eating scene and the chicken outfit and I really like Mack Swain as Big Jim almost as much as I like the star of the film in his Little Tramp persona. I watched the 1942 version, with Chaplin’s voiceover, which isn’t too intrusive though I imagine the original is a different experience altogether; the later version also includes more music in the saloon, which helps to bring those crowded scenes to life. (****)

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