MrsBlue and I have been on an extended classic movies kick lately, and TCM has
been our most watched channel for a while now. For the month of August they
are devoting each day to a different star's movies, and Saturday the station
devoted 24 hours to the films of Charlie Chaplin. He's long been regarded as a
genius, so I'm not proud to say I've only taken passing notice of his movies
over the years. But getting to see a few of them in full was an eye-opening
experience, as both his silent films and his talkies were shockingly great, even
with his reputation raising expectations. I think it helps that modern
restoration makes the silents look so much better, both by cleaning up the
prints, and by presenting them in the proper framerate, as opposed to the oddly
sped-up versions I remember from my childhood. A bonus discovery was Paulette
Goddard, who was a great actress and a breathtaking beauty.
Thanks Ant and Neutronbeam.