Charlie Chaplin in “The Kid” (1921)
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This masterpiece is directed and written by Luis Buñuel and the great Salvador Dalí.
In a dream-like sequence, a woman’s eye is slit open—juxtaposed with a similarly shaped cloud obsucuring the moon moving in the same direction as the knife through the eye—to grab the audience’s attention. The French phrase “ants in the palms,” (which means that someone is “itching” to kill) is shown literally. A man pulls a piano along with the tablets of the Ten Commandments and a dead donkey towards the woman he’s itching to kill. A shot of differently striped objects is repeatedly used to connect scenes.
Buster Keaton and Dorothy Sebastian in “Spite Marriage” (1929)
Also known as “The Passion of Joan of Arc” directed by Carl Theodor Dreyer with Maria Falconetti, Eugene Silvain and André Berley.
One of the last great silent films. The Passion of Joan of Arc is a haunting, riveting portrait of the historical martyr based on documentation from the original trial.
The sufferings of a martyr, Jeanne D’Arc (1412-1431). Jeanne appears in court where Cauchon questions her and d’Estivet spits on her. She predicts her rescue, is taken to her cell, and judges forge evidence against her. In her cell, priests interrogate her and judges deny her the Mass. Threatened first in a torture chamber and then offered communion if she will recant, she refuses. At a cemetery, in front of a crowd, a priest and supporters urge her to recant; she does, and Cauchon announces her sentence. In her cell, she explains her change of mind and receives communion. In the courtyard at Rouen castle, she burns at the stake; the soldiers turn on the protesting crowd.
Most people know the 80s version with Al Pacino, which is mainly great because of Pacino and of how he performed the character Tony Montana. But the 30s version has it all. The looks (plays in the 20s), the language, the music and Paul Muni as Tony Camonte. It’s an almost perfect mob film. No, actually it’s perfect!
The actual gangster that the film is based on is Al Capone.
Big Louis Costillo, last of the old-style gang leaders is slain, and his former bodyguard Tony Camonte is taken into custody. Since Costillo’s body has never been found, the police have to release him, though they strongly suspect Johnny Lovo paid Tony to remove Big Louis. Tony begins taking over the rackets in town with violent enforcement, and he becomes a threat to Johnny and the other bosses unless they work for Tony. Meanwhile, Tony’s sister wants to be more independent, but finds it difficult to escape from her brother’s overprotective grasp. The dissatisfaction of the other bosses and the relentless pursuit of the police push Tony towards a major confrontation.
Angelina did a great job in this film, the story is sad and its incredible that this really happened. Directed by Clint Eastwood.
Los Angeles, 1928. A single mother returns from work to find her nine-year-old son gone. She calls the LAPD to initiate a search. Five months later, a boy is found in Illinois who fits the description; he says he’s her son. To fanfare and photos, the LAPD reunite mother and son, but she insists he’s not her boy. The cops dismiss her as either a liar or hysterical. When she joins a minister in his public criticism of the police, they in turn use government power to silence and intimidate her. Meanwhile, a cop goes to a dilapidated ranch to find a Canadian lad who’s without legal status; the youth tells a grisly tale. There’s redress for murder; is there redress for abuse of power?
Beautiful picture, maybe Chaplin’s best, it’s one of the most famous silent movies ever. I cried when i watched this film. Charlie is a great actor, writer, director and producer. Today there’s no one who does everything by himself anymore.
The boy who played the kid was a big talent he and Chaplin played fantastic together. Later i found out, that Charlie himself became an orphan and this story related a lot his own.
The Tramp cares for an abandoned child, but events put that relationship in jeopardy.
The opening title reads: “A comedy with a smile—and perhaps a tear”. As she leaves the charity hospital and passes a church wedding, Edna deposits her new baby with a pleading note in a limousine and goes off to commit suicide. The limo is stolen by thieves who dump the baby by a garbage can. Charlie the Tramp finds the baby and makes a home for him. Five years later Edna has become an opera star but does charity work for slum youngsters in hope of finding her boy. A doctor called by Edna discovers the note with the truth about the Kid and reports it to the authorities who come to take him away from Charlie. Before he arrives at the Orphan Asylum Charlie steals him back and takes him to a flophouse. The proprietor reads of a reward for the Kid and takes him to Edna. Charlie is later awakened by a kind policeman who reunites him with the Kid at Edna’s mansion.