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7 out of 7 people found the following review useful:

A little known gem

7/10
Author: pearseha from Canada
17 March 2005

A fantastic reason why not to believe Cinema Expressionism was confined solely to Germany! Compare this work to Caligari, and see for yourself. The settings and makeup not only use the black and white scheme to its fullest, but the far out set designs make this a wonderfully abstract short. This little film explodes the myth that Chaplin was not a "filmic" director, as the whole thing depends entirely on artifice. A great way to explore Chaplin as an artist, not just as a movie maker or comic. The Bond may have been made to avert the scandal caused by Chaplin's failure to enlist in the army (his first real hint of bad press, nastily foreshadowing his later troubles), but it is a sign of Chaplin's abilities that he managed to make this short so much more than propaganda. Further, his brother Sidney makes a startling Kaisar!

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a tough to rate curio

6/10
Author: planktonrules from Bradenton, Florida
3 May 2006

Technically, this is an exceptionally well-made Chaplin film--with great special effects and makeup. However, it really isn't a Chaplin short but a short advertisement for the theaters in order to sell Liberty Bonds for WWI. As an advertising and propaganda piece, it achieves it goals very well and was fun to watch but how can you really rate something like this on IMDb? You can't really stack this up against any of Chaplin's other shorts and it must be seen as a unique curio.

FYI--this is an included DVD extra from Warner Brother's Chaplin Collection. This is an exceptional set covering nearly all his full-length films and his later (and in my opinion, better-made) shorts. A great set for fans of silent comedy or an exceptional way to learn more about this comic genius.

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The Bond was a pretty entertaining PSA from Charlie Chaplin

5/10
Author: tavm from Baton Rouge, La.
22 June 2009

This obvious PSA for Liberty Bonds was the last film presented on disc one of the "American Slapstick" DVD collection. Written, directed, and starring Charlie Chaplin, we go through the bonds of friendship, love, marriage, and the Liberty kind. The funniest segment was the "Love" part with The Tramp going through a courtship with his longtime leading lady Edna Purviance. Lots of stuff involving a fake moon, his cane, Cupid, and some wrapping paper contributes to the entertainment factor in that one. In the Liberty segment, Chaplin's brother Syd portrays the Kaiser who gets bopped by Charlie. Worth a look for anyone interested in all kinds of film miscellany.

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Chaplin In Propaganda Piece!

5/10
Author: CitizenCaine from Las Vegas, Nevada
15 September 2008

*** This review may contain spoilers ***

Chaplin created this fluffy (at least for him) piece of propaganda for the war bonds effort at the tale end of World War One. He presents the several types of bonds in comic skits: Friendship, romantic, and marriage. After that, Chaplin turns to Miss Liberty played by Edna Purviance who does a skit with the kaiser played by by Sydney Chaplin. Chaplin closes the proceedings bopping the Kaiser with an over-sized mallet that says "buy liberty bonds". An interesting, historic curio for Chaplin because he would not enlist during the war. And why should he have when he could still continue to create films like this, aiding in the war effort, while entertaining millions of Americans with his regular films? ** of 4 stars.

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1 out of 3 people found the following review useful:

A Public Service Announcement

Author: caspian1978 from Boston, MA
10 October 2004

One of Charlie Chaplin's earlier film shorts, it is funny, but more of a public service announcement than a comedy short. Although it is funny from time to time, the main point of this short is not to make the audience laugh but to get the audience to leave the cinema and to purchase war bonds! During the first World War, Chaplin was one of a handful of celebrities that backed the war effort to sell liberty bonds for American soldiers. Since Chaplin was not going to put on a soldier's uniform and fire a gun for the war, he would raise thousands upon thousands of dollars for the war effort. This is evidence that Chaplin was pro-America. Even though he did not want to be drafted and fight on the western front, he did do his part and raise a lot of money for the country he loved.

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From the Works of a Comic Genius

Author: marquis de cinema from Boston, MA
9 April 2001

The Bond(1918) is an extremely funny short film that was done to support the war effort. The film is made up of a few skits about the many kinds of bonds. The most important bond that the title refers to are the Liberty Bonds. Charles Chaplin shows in The Bond(1918) why he was one of the biggest stars in the early part of the Twentifth Century. The Bond(1918) is to World War 1 what The Great Dictator(1941) was to World War 2.

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The Great Dictator

Author: The Black Englishman from London, England
8 March 2002

If 'The Great Dictator' was Chaplin's reaction to Hitler in the Second World War, then 'Shoulder Arms' and 'The Bond' was his reaction in the Great War. A significant film, although very dull to watch, but what Chaplin did was bring the excitement of the serial novel onto the big screen in an episodic film format.

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