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Top 10 Charlie Chaplin Movies

10. The Gold Rush

in 1925, Chaplin's character, the Tramp decides he doesn't want to be homeless anymore, no he is going to be rich, and he's going to do it by heading up to the mountains to dig for gold. Soon he meets two very unfriendly digger partners who are just as hungry as he is up in a cabin, in the middle of the wilderness. The comedy ensues as they invision each other as large chickens and eat leather shoes with a fork and knife.

9. A King in New York

It's finally happend, Charlie Chaplin grew old. In 1957, Chaplin mocks his own downfall as a celebrity being accused of being Communist, only as an embarrassed and disgraced English King who fled to the USA for shelter. In a very drastic change of events, Chaplin is not the funny man, he is the straight man who everything happens to. It's delighting and amusing in spots and also tragically sad to think that this is what his enormous career has come to. I wish that somehow this was not the last movie he starred in. Fortunately, it wasn't the last he directed. Marlon Brando and Sofia Loren starred in his last directing credit entitled, The Countess from Hong Kong. I haven't seen it, and so it doesn't make it onto the list. When I do, I'm sure I'll change it.

8. Shoulder Arms

Chaplin's first almost feature film in 1918, 3 years prior to The Kid, is about the Tramp accidentally meandering over to the wrong side of the army front during world war 1. It's funny and a tad satirical, as Chaplin plays with the notion the death...can be pretty funny.

7. Limelight

Exactly what the film's title indicates, Limelight is about the regrets and nostalgic feelings of two old vaudevillian style performers who after a lifetime of compromise talk about what they must do with the rest of their lives...if anything. Chaplin and almost rival at certain times in their careers, Buster Keaton relive some of their finest and not so finest moments on screen and on the stage. They both in real life reflect upon their chosen careers and I believe they wondered, if they did indeed make the right choices and made friends with the right people. I think that Chaplin became more and more bitter throughout his life, which can be seen by the choice of story in each of the films.

6. Monsieur Verdoux

Monsieur Verdoux is a precocious and loving husband and father to his wife and daughter who he takes care of when he gets a chance to see them. After losing his job and becoming very cynical towards the world, his measure of last resort is to rely on his boyish style and gay charm, to romance women and make them fall in love and marry him...before he kills them...and takes all their money. Monsieur Verdoux is a drastic difference of lead character from the lovable tramp that we all grew to love. I wonder if his constant pursuit by J. Edgar Hoover made him as cynical as the character in the movie. After The Great Dictator, I can't help but assume that his fans had begun to expect something a little less tame every time they went to see a Chaplin film.

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