Great Charlie Chaplin movies

Most of us know that Charlie Chaplin was one of the greats in film history. However, given the sheer number of films he has been in, many of us don’t know where to start to follow the career of this amazing filmmaker. In this article, I review five great Charlie Chaplin movies to get you started.

The Child (1921): The child was Charlie Chaplin’s first feature film and one of the most popular films of 1921. It is a unique film because until then all films were either drama or comedy and no one could figure out which category this film fell into. The film is about Charlie Chaplin’s character, the little tramp and how he befriends a little boy. The film is a mixture of comedy and social commentary and should not be missed.

City Lights (1931): lights of the city is perhaps the best-known of all Charlie Chaplin’s films. It’s about his little tramp who befriends a drunk millionaire. As long as the millionaire is drunk he loves the little tramp, but as soon as he is sober he forgets about him altogether. This results in the tramp going to jail for allegedly stealing money that was actually given to him by the drunk millionaire. The little tramp doesn’t want the money for himself, but for the woman he loves.

Modern Era (1936): modern times is Charlie Chaplin’s sharp criticism of modern industrial work. It’s also extremely funny. The little tramp moves from job to job, desperately trying to make a living. Along the way he performs heroic deeds and is arrested. The film is about anti-communist oppression and even drug abuse.

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The Great Dictator (1940): Charlie Chaplin famously decided to end the little tramp’s career on film on purpose The great dictator. With silent film on the decline since the development of talkie, there seemed to be no room for Chaplin’s silent clown. So he decided to play the dual roles of a Jewish barber and Adenoid Hynkel (a parody of Adolf Hitler), and settled on the little tramp talk. The film is considered one of his best films and Chaplin kept his word and never returned to the Little Tramp.

Mr. Verdoux (1947): Many people don’t know about Chaplin’s post-war roles, but one of the most interesting was the dark comedy, Mr Verdoux. In this film he plays a murderous banker who will do anything for money. The film represents the opposite of Chaplin’s social commentary. Instead of showing the oppressed working class, he instead plays the role of the ruthless banker.

Charlie Chaplin films are a wonderful mix of drama, comedy and social criticism. They can be both funny and sad. I hope this list will help you enjoy his work.

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