Happy Birthday to Charlie Chaplin

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At the beginning of the year, I decided to start my IMDB Top 250 Challenge. The plan is to watch all of the Top 250 movies at IMDB and as I’d already seen 150 I figured I could manage to watch the rest. Eventually…!

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Anyway, I started with the Alfred Hitchcock movies I hadn’t yet seen as I was already a big Hitchcock fan. And there are also a lot of Studio Ghibli films in the 250 and I’ve really enjoyed the few that I’ve watched so far and can’t wait to see the rest. However, my biggest “new to me” discovery was Charlie Chaplin. I first watched Modern Times then City Lights and then The Kid. They are BRILLIANT. By far the greatest movies I’ve seen in a long time & they’re now in my list of all-time favorites. I can’t recommend them enough and if, like I had, you’ve waited years to check out some Chaplin I suggest you do so now. 🙂

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I reviewed the three I’ve watched so far so I’ll include the links here if you want to check them out. I say very little about Modern Times as I didn’t feel I knew enough about Chaplin at that point but say a bit more about it in the other reviews.

Modern Times review

City Lights review

The Kid review

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Charles Spencer Chaplin
16 April 1889 – 25 December 1977

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11 thoughts on “Happy Birthday to Charlie Chaplin

    • I should really check out the Marx Brothers. And probably some Buster Keaton someday to compare! Yes, Chaplin is quite a hottie in some of those pics. 🙂 Eighth wonder of the world?? Hmm…!

  1. Chaplin was a great filmmaker. Loved Modern Times (1936) and City Lights (1931) , but his best is The Great Dictator (1940). Great parody of Hitler and the Nazi Regime.

    To learn more about Chaplin’s life, I recommemnd seeing Chaplin (1992) with Robert Downey Jr. The only flaw of this movie was that it was too short (it was 2.5 hrs)

    • I really want to see The Great Dictator. I’m going to watch more of the older stuff first, though, as I know that one was much later. It was strange watching Modern Times first and then the much older The Kid.

      I did watch the Chaplin movie years ago but definitely planning to re-watch it again soon. 🙂 Glad to find another Chaplin fan! I never get a huge response when I post about him…

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