lost somewhere in the 1940s
• old hollywood enthusiast •
Truly surprised with how much I actually enjoyed this one and it felt like a great return to form for Chaplin. It was interesting to see him in yet another dark comedy that continually pushed the envelope with its themes especially for the time period. I was impressed with Chaplin’s ability to play a murderer who was cold and callous yet have this softer side that brought out a feeling of sympathy for him. I would like to revisit this in the future as I feel there is a lot to unpack and interrupt throughout that I may have missed on my first watch.
Even though this is purely an ad Buster makes it worth every single minute. I think this is possibly more entertaining than quite a number of his talkies and he just looked like he had fun. The thing that always impresses me with Buster is no matter what he did he always gave it his all.
Can I just give five stars to Emilia Clarke and her phenomenal range as an actress? I mean she carried the entire film on her shoulders that I didn’t even real care about the main point of the film. Everything was about her and the story of Mark kinda fell to the background I felt like this was more her story rather than his.
My week of “firsts” continues with my very first Greta Garbo film and it was a rather charming time. I loved getting to watch a very wide range of her acting abilities on display and how she beautifully grew throughout the film. She was paired wonderfully with Melvyn Douglas who was his always charming beautiful self and I love him as a romantic lead. The only thing that slightly brings this one down for me is all the political talk that kinda lost me. Besides that the romance was sweet and charming and made for a rather special first viewing.