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CHARLIE CHAPLIN THE MUTUAL FILMS VOLUME 2
The Floorwalker | The Fireman | The Vagabond | One A.M. | The Count | The Pawnshop
Charlie Chaplin entered movies in 1914. In 1916 he became the highest paid entertainer in the world, when he signed a contract with the Mutual Film Corporation for a salary of $670.000. Mutual built Chaplin his very own studio and allowed him total freedom to make twelve two-reel films during this fruitful twelve-month period. Not surprisingly, he had the time of his life, and recognised this period of filmmaking as the most inventive and liberating of his career.
This disc, second of two volumes, contains six of the Mutual Films - from the solo performance in One A.M. reprising his classics stage drunk, to his inventive and balletic use of mechanical props in The Floorwalker. In The Vagabond, his first minor masterpiece, Chaplin successfully combines pathos and comedy to create a lyrical love story.
The films have all been restored and mastered from the best available materials. This exclusive edition of the Mutual Films features brand new scores, written and recorded by acclaimed silent film composer Carl Davis.DVD extras include an introduction to the films by Paul Merton
USA | 1916 | black & white and tinted | silent with music | 150 minutes | Ratio 1.33:1 | Region 2 DVD
Include in Volume 2 are four comedies from this period: "The Fireman" (released June 12, 1916) was the second comedy Chaplin did for Mutual. Charlie is a member of a fire brigade in a small town where the foreman (Eric Campbell, a huge man with a barrel chest and crazy eyebrows) is plotting with the rich father (Lloyd Bacon) of a pretty girl (Edna Purviance, his loveliest leading lady) to burn the house and split the insurance money. Although Charlie has no idea of the scheme, he ends up rescuing Edna from the burning building. Like a Keystone Cops comedy "The Fireman" is pretty much pure slapstick.Read more ›