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The Face on the Barroom Floor (1914)

 -  Short | Comedy  -  10 August 1914 (USA)
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The plot is a satire derived from Hugh Antoine D'Arcy's poem of the same title. The painter courts Madeleine but loses to the wealthy client who sits for his portrait. The despairing artist... See full summary »

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Madeleine - a Model
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Edward Nolan ...
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Charles Bennett ...
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The plot is a satire derived from Hugh Antoine D'Arcy's poem of the same title. The painter courts Madeleine but loses to the wealthy client who sits for his portrait. The despairing artist draws the girl's portrait on the barroom floor and gets tossed out. Years later he sees her, her husband and their horde of children. Unrecognized by her, Charlie shakes off his troubles and walks off into the future. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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Based loosely on the poem The Face upon the Barroom Floor, adapted by Hugh Antoine d'Arcy in 1887. See more »

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Interesting opportunity to see Chaplin in straight acting
20 January 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

You can read the poem upon which this film was based. I guess a lot of the satire is lost to our "blind" modern eyes. This is a rare chance to see early Chaplin doing some fairly straight acting.

Well, I've just been told that my comment isn't long enough. Good writing is succinct writing everywhere else.

But I'll plow on with more thoughts. It's interesting to see how much the tragedy in being a run-down bum is felt in this short. The Tramp is such a resourceful character in most shorts that feature him that there is no sense of his being really a loser in life. The poor who identified with his plight also enjoyed his ultimate victories and small defeats of the powerful, I will guess. If we looked at him today, we'd wonder why he couldn't fit into the models of success we hold dear: offices, stores, anything that requires conformation to behaviorial requirements -- must have been all that kicking!


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