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on 21 May 2013
Perhaps the most definitive and well-put together of the many Chaplin boxsets, and a perfect set for any starter to Chaplin's work, or silent movies in general.

Each film is it's own disc:
The Kid (1921) - His first smash hit full length movie, and a bonafide classic of silent cinema.
A Woman of Paris (1923) - Chaplin directs but doesn't star in the story of a love triangle, maybe his most underated film.
The Circus (1928) - One of the funniest here, the story of how The Little Tramp winds up working as a circus performer, and falls in love in the meantime.
City Lights (1931) - The best love story, but also ridiculously funny. The final scene is now a part of film history, and is still as touching as ever.
Modern Times (1936) - Maybe the film that best holds the test of time, it parodies working life in factories, and capitalism in general. One of his best.
The Great Dictator (1940) - Poignant and best known for the ending speech, Chaplin's first full length talking film spoofs Hitler and Nazi Germany right at the time when it was in full power. One of the most important and political of his movies.
The Gold Rush (1942 Version) - Chaplin revisited his 1920's classic in the 40's, but both versions are on the disc (a nice bonus). The film he wanted to be remembered for, and has some classic moments like the 'dance of the bread rolls' and the Tramp chased by a live bear through the snow.
Monsieur Verdoux (1947) - His days as the Tramp over, Chaplin still exceeds in this very dark comedy about a man making his living by marrying and murdering rich women. Not a hit at the time, it stands up better than some of his earlier films, and is very underated.
Limelight (1952) - His most personal film, about a past-his-prime clown who deals with the realisation that he can't relate to modern and changing audiences. Very somber at points, but also some lovely funny moments like the pairing of Chaplin with fellow silent era superstar Buster Keaton for a duet.
A King in New York (1957) - His last starring film, Chaplin lampoons American culture in the 1950's and also the paranoia of the Cold War period of the era. Sometimes patchy but some of the jokes made seem ageless and still relevant today.
The Chaplin Revue (1959) - A collection of three short films from the 20's (Dogs Life/The Pilgrim/Shoulder Arms).
Chaplin Short Films (1920's...) Sunnyside/A Day's Pleasure/The Idle Class/Pay Day.

Each film has been restored beautifully, including the original scores for each, and each disc includes a 5 minute introduction to each film as well as a half hour documentary on the making of, and photo stills from the production.
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