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The DVD set Warner Brothers released for THE GOLD RUSH was
fantastic--giving both the original release, the re-release (including
narration by Chaplin) and this documentary about the making of the
film. It gives a lot of amazing inside information and greatly enhances
the film--unlike the "extras" in most DVDs (that often seemed more like
a tacked-on element at best).
In particular, I liked how it discussed the creation of the huge sets as well as the extreme difficulties they faced filming the on-site shots in the Sierra Nevadas.
This movie is a must for film buffs and lovers of the work of Chaplin. Watch the movie then be sure to watch this featurette--it helps bring the movie alive. Sadly, I have seen a few other of the "Chaplin Today" featurettes and they are very poor--especially for "The Circus" and "The Kid".
Charlie Chaplin's silent black and white film "The Gold Rush" was a very interesting as well as entertaining creation. It was the first silent all black and white film that I ever watched before and i have to say that i was very impressed. Chaplin's movements, actions, and gestures all throughout the film provide a great sense of humor that i would have never expected possible without being able to hear the voices of the actors themselves. i also found it interesting how the entire movie almost seemed to be broken up into several different stories all playing out into one ending. Some of the movies most important characters weren't even introduced until at least half way through the film.
*** This review may contain spoilers ***
This is an interesting extra, as far as it goes. I'm sure there is
someone out there dying to find out how children in the country of
Burkina Faso reacted at the turn of the 21st Century when African film
director Idriss Ouedraogo showed them a DVD of Charles Chaplin's 1925
silent movie classic, THE GOLD RUSH. (Possible Spoiler******Most of the
kids in the clips shown seemed to be 1)watching intently, 2)mildly
amused, or 3)laughing outright.******)
Where this extra falls short is in its reference to producer\director\writer Chaplin impregnating his original GOLD RUSH co-star, 15-year-old Lita Grey, three months into filming, resulting in a shooting break, followed by a total restart with Georgia Hale in the lead role of "Georgia." WHAT exactly was the California statutory definition of child rape at the time, and HOW did Chaplin remain a free man?! (We all know contemporary American film director Roman Polanski (CHINATOWN; ROSEMARY'S BABY) dealt with a similar situation by fleeing to the country of France, which has harbored him for decades.) Adding to the off-set intrigue is the fact Chaplin apparently began his affair with new co-star Hale before GOLD RUSH was in the can. I have never known the French to be so reticent and circumspect as the producers of CHAPLIN TODAY, in virtually ignoring one of the most culturally detrimental scandals in Hollywood history in ostrich-like fashion.
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