- Actors: Charlie Chaplin, Leo White, Edna Purviance
- Directors: Charles Chaplin
- Format: PAL, Black & White
- Language: Malayalam
- Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
- Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
- Number of discs: 2
- Studio: Bfi
- DVD Release Date: 25 Aug. 2003
- Run Time: 204 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 52 customer reviews
- ASIN: B0000AISHV
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 65,539 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
Charlie Chaplin - The Essanay Films - Vol. 1 
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CHARLIE CHAPLIN THE ESSANAY FILMS VOLUME 1
Written, directed and starring Charlie Chaplin
In December 1914, Charlie Chaplin began his one-year contract with the Essanay Film Manufacturing Company, shooting films in both their Chicago and California studios. In the one year he made fifteen films, earned an unprecedented salary and established himself as a firm box-office favourite. Audiences around the world clamoured to see his latest Essanay picture.
Unlike other artists, Chaplin had full control over his Essanay films from writing the scripts and directing through to choosing his cast members. Having trouble finding a leading lady, on one occasion he tested a rising young Essanay actress, and then promptly dismissed her. Her name was Gloria Swanson.
The films in this collection include The Champion, in which Charlie is rescued from a boxing match by his faithful dog, His New Job which parodies the filmmaking process, and The Tramp which forever established the image of Charlie's much-beloved lonesome tramp in the popular imagination.Despite their obvious importance, Charlie's Essanay films have only previously been available in poor or incomplete prints. The films in this edition are the result of a nine-year search to find the best materials. These are the most complete editions available, and include scenes never before seen by audiences in the UK.
- His New Job
- A Night Out
- The Champion
- In the Park
- A Jitney Elopement
- The Tramp
- By the Sea
DVD Extra features include a photo gallery and essay on Chaplin at Essanay
USA | 1915 | black & white and tinted | silent with music | 204 minutes | 2 discs | Ratio 1.33:1 | Region 2 DVD
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The Kid is as good as The Gold Rush, being 4 years before, making it startling, and Modern Times is Chaplin seeming to cruise in greatness, with many big scenes, and changes of location to be funny in. The talky Monsier Verdoux is superb also. Then there are the 1917 Mutual films, several of which were truly brilliant. Chaplin: the genius.
The Kid and Modern Times are on blu-ray. As for The Gold Rush, only the 1942 rerelease that Chaplin wrecked my smothering with his narration is on blu-ray. Terrible wrongheadedness has been shown in seeing this as Chaplin's last word so treating it with the respect due the perfect original. Abel Gance rereleased his magnificent Napoleon with sound, but no-one was silly enough to give that film the respect due the original (it took Francis Ford Coppola alone to do the damage as cultural vandal in that case). GET THE ORIGINAL ON BLU-RAY POWERS-THAT-BE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
This is Charlie at his best. The subtle moves and the challenges he encounters, for example, he is constantly chased by a donkey. No reason, the donkey just doesn't like him! And of course when the chase happens it is unexpected and full on. The whole film is a masterpiece. A chance to watch an artist at work.
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