Well, this is embarrassing.
I gave a huge, tearful speech about how silent films are over and how thoroughly I enjoyed them. Meanwhile, I still had one left. You know, silent followers, you could have corrected me! You made me look like an idiot out there!
Anyway, I will justify it by saying that there were several spoken lines in this film including a song by the Tramp. I recently had a conversation with someone where I told them I hated Mr. Bean and Monty Python. She said "Aw, next you are going to say you don't think Charlie Chaplin is funny!" I shifted nervously in my seat and replied "No, I love him!" This is simply untrue; I don't think he is funny at all. This movie is particularly humorless. A lot of the gags are stolen from A Nous la Liberte. The jokes are really brain dead and cheap; in one, a bug flies in Chaplin's face so he is unable to continue working. HA!
Chaplin, just give it up. Silent films are no longer popular. The witty dialogue of films like The Thin Man is what makes movies funny and entertaining not pantomiming. Blah.
Number 78 in AFI's top 100 movies list. This list is flawed!!!
Wow, only the machines talk but the humans don't! What a comment on industrialization!
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