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The Kid (1921) on Criterion DVD
- Jeffrey Kenison
I wouldn't mind having this on Criterion DVD. I like Charles Chaplin. It also costars young Jackie Coogan whom eventually became famous as Uncle Fester in his adult stage.
Chaplin's first feature film explores the storytelling technique he would be known for. He and Coogan give beautiful performances as an adoptive father and his child, respectively. Perfectly combining comedy and pathos, this film has hilarious pieces and sentimental, but effective moments. Paved the way for films like "The Gold Rush," "City Lights" and "Modern Times." I give it a 4.5/5.
beautiful silent film starring the great charlie chaplin and jackie coogan- a must see for any film buff and a perfect example of why chaplin was and still is a superstar
This classic is not to be missed. Chaplin's little tramp finds an abandoned baby and decides to take him home. When he first brings the child to his tenement house, neighbors ask what the baby's name is, so the tramp ducks inside briefly to check the gender, and returns and responds: "John". Chaplin's portrayal is especially poignant because he had lost his own infant son shortly before starting work on this film. Chaplin's son had multiple congenital anomalies that were fatal at the time. Chaplin was so despondent over the child's death that he put "The Little Mouse" on the child's grave marker, rather than his name. You see what paternal grief looks like when you view the scene in which child protective services take the child away. The film does have a happy ending, though.
I believe there are errors in the synopsis- it doesn't accurately reflect the full story
- Mark Sutch
All-timeFavorite Silent Film
I rarely watch silent films, but for anyone else in that category and for silent film buffs, The Kid is not to be missed. It is sad, yet caring, a beautiful human story of love in the purest form. A definite Must-See!
Greatest movie of the silent era
- Mr D
This picture is extraordinary. Almost Dickensian in his pathos - Jackie Coogan played the mop-haired child. Chaplin's story-telling is sublime. The courtyard dream scene in heaven may be Chaplin's greatest achievement in film.5 stars - not to be missed!
This is absolutely the sweetest film I have ever seen in my life and I don't even like children. Thank you TCM for having so many dvd's that cannot be found in specialty stores or on the internet.
Classic movie in my opinion. When I first saw it I really enjoyed the kid and could not believe it was Jackie Coogan. Another great job by Charlie Chaplin. Well worth a look people.
One of the greatest
I love this film! It got me to laugh and cry! Jackie Coogan was asome in it. And being so young. And of course Charlie Chaplin was great in it, they made a perfect team. If you have not seen this yet please do. I sure you'll love it.