Charlie Chaplin: The Chaplin Collection - Volume 1

  |  Buy to Own: 22/09/2003
  |  500 min
Rated TBC by the BBFC


A quartet of Charlie Chaplin's greatest films. In 'The Gold Rush' (1925), Chaplin stars as a hapless pan-handler drawn to Klondike in the famous gold rush of 1898. Pursued by thuggish prospectors and falling hopelessly in love, the Little Tramp runs through a number of classic comedy routines, including a Thanksgiving meal consisting of an old boot and laces. Chaplin made his last appearance as The Tramp in 'Modern Times' (1936), which was made as a silent film despite sound having been used for several years (there are a few scenes with sound). It is an attack on the lack of humanity in modern industry and shows the tramp's struggle with factory machinery, poverty and starvation in the Depression years. Paulette Goddard co-stars. The rise of Nazism is spoofed in 'The Great Dictator' (1940). Amnesiac Jewish barber is mistaken for the dictator of Tomania, Adenoid Hynkel (both played by Chaplin). Paulette Goddard, Jack Oakie and Reginald Gardiner co-star. Chaplin wrote, directed, scored and starred in the semi-autobiographical film 'Limelight' (1952), in which a music hall veteran rescues a young dancer (Claire Bloom) from suicide, helps her career and watches her rise to stardom - just as he is being forgotten. Also included is Richard Schickel's documentary 'Charlie: The Life and Art of Charles Chaplin', an in-depth look at the remarkable career and turbulent life of cinema's first icon. Among the contributors are Martin Scorsese, Johnny Depp, Woody Allen, Robert Downey Jr, Milos Forman, Sir Richard Attenborough, and Geraldine, Michael and Sydney Chaplin.