Saw it on Criterion in a video store in California so I decided why not.
Only other Chaplin film I’ve seen is “The Gold Rush” and while it was good, it confirmed that silent film ain’t my thing. Regardless, I decided to check this out because everyone says it’s Chaplin’s best and maybe the best silent film ever made.
So yeah, I liked it a lot. I’m a sucker for something that blends drama and comedy together seamlessly and this is obviously one of those. Lots of scenes that I see myself revisiting in the future just for entertainment. It deals with some heavy subject matter in really interesting ways and when put into a historical context this thing is clearly very significant.
Silent film still isn’t my cup of tea, but this film made me appreciate Chaplin as an entertainer on a whole nother level. Glad I own it.