The Gold Rush (1/24)

Chaplin’s The Gold Rush stands as the largest-scale epic comedy event of its time, packed full of astounding visual gags, a tender romance full of butterflies in the stomach, and the perfect balance of slapstick to pathos (a delicate mixture, of which Chaplin was the undisputed king.) Here, the Tramp is a Klondike gold prospector; while trapped in a tiny frozen cabin with no food during an intense winter, he performs some of his all-time most famous bits: Walking Against The Wind, the Chicken Suit, and Eating His Shoe. These energizing sequences are matched by the film’s second half, with The Tramp falling in love from a distance with Alaskan beauty Georgia Hale, giving us our hero’s most tender act: the Dance of the Dinner Rolls, an indelible moment so perfect that only a virtuoso like Chaplin could’ve mastered it. Charlie claimed that The Gold Rush was the one film he wished to be remembered by — and rightly so, as this enduring classic richly deserves the title.
Dir. Charles Chaplin, 1925, 35mm, 88 min.

Watch the legendary “Dance of the Dinner Rolls” scene from “The Gold Rush”!
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