1931. USA. Charles Chaplin. 90 min.
Wednesday, September 1, 2010, 1:30 p.m.
Theater 3 (The Celeste Bartos Theater), mezzanine, The Lewis B. and Dorothy Cullman Education and Research Building
1931. USA. Written, directed, and music by Charles Chaplin. With Chaplin, Virginia Cherrill, Harry Myers, Hank Mann. A defiant Chaplin used a music-and-effects track to ridicule the craze for sound, staking out his position as the industry’s only holdout against talkies. In what may be his greatest and most romantic film, Chaplin’s Tramp tries desperately to find work to pay for a blind flower girl’s operation. The ending arguably remains, as James Agee described it, “enough to shrivel the heart to see, and it is the greatest piece of acting and the highest moment in movies.” 90 min.