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Day for Night – review

19 February 2011 4:05 PM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Charlie Chaplin had been making movies for less than a month when he appeared in A Film Johnnie, a one-reel comedy about moviegoing and moviemaking set around the Keystone Studio. This genre of films with a movie background has flourished ever since, with pictures ranging from Nicholas Ray's In a Lonely Place to Satyajit Ray's Nayak. While most are set in Hollywood, three of the very best are by European directors: Fellini's 8½, Godard's Le mépris and Truffaut's Day for Night (aka La nuit américaine).

Truffaut's warm, humane film, made in 1973, can be seen as a delayed riposte to Godard's acrid attack on the commercial cinema in Le mépris, the action of which it closely parallels. A vicious letter Godard wrote to Truffaut about Day for Night effectively turned their friendship into a bitter enmity.

Set in Nice's Victorine Studios, where it was filmed, Day for Night is a touching, »

- Philip French

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Chaplin at Keystone - Philip French's classic DVD

29 January 2011 4:05 PM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

1914, U, BFI

This important, instructive, hugely enjoyable four-disc set contains painstakingly restored and attractively scored prints of 34 of the 35 films Charlie Chaplin made at Mack Sennett's Keystone studio between January and December 1914. They introduced Chaplin to the cinema, turning him in the process from an admired music hall artist into an accomplished film-maker, who ended the year on the threshold of becoming the most famous man in the world and its highest-paid entertainer. In the course of this astonishing 12 months, he worked with silent stars Mabel Normand, Fatty Arbuckle and Chester Conklin, and we see a great artist evolve, appearing first as a silk-hatted pseudo-toff in his debut film, Making a Living, competing for work at a Los Angeles newspaper. In his second film, the seven-minute Kid Auto Races at Venice, he discovered his tramp persona complete with bowler and cane, delighting and puzzling the crowds at a children's »

- Philip French

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