At one point, one of the biggest stars in the whole wide world, silent film’s iconic Little Tramp, Charlie Chaplin, soon became such a big draw that he directed everything he did, which included dozens of short films and eleven features. His attention to detail and penchant for perfection became so notorious that he would take years to make movies, and even got overtaken by the advent of talkies in one famous instance. But, his films are some of the best-plotted, most touching, funniest, and most well-remembered of any comedies of the 1920s-1950s. He was a true auteur in every sense of the word and co-founded United Artists as a respite from the studio system. Golly, he was great. Here are my top 5 of his films.The Kid (1921)Chaplin’s first feature as a director also happens to be one of his best and his saddest. A complete ode to 1920s poverty, Chaplin’s Tramp character lives in a shack, eats garbage, and generally hasn’t a care in the world, until he begrudgingly decides to take care of a baby abandoned by its rich mother in the back of an expensive car. The Tramp names the child “John” and for the next five years, he raises him, and eventually making the kid an integral part of his grifting. But, soon child services get wind of a kid being raised by a tramp and they come to take him to an orphanage. The rest of the movie is the two trying to be together in happy squalor and the Man not allowing it. It’s heartbreaking and good.All of these films should be required viewing for fans of comedy, so if you haven’t seen them, you really should remedy that. What’re your favorite Chaplin films? Tell me about them in the comments below!
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