Big the tramp
Year :
1915
Cast :
Charles Chaplin, Edna Purviance, Fred Goodwins, Lloyd Bacon, Paddy McGuire, Billy Armstrong, Leo White, Ernest Van Pelt
Production :
essanay
Description :
Charlie saves a farmer’s daughter from some thieving toughs and subsequently stops their attempt to rob the farm. He falls in love with the girl, but upon the appearance of her sweetheart, the little fellow realizes the true situation. He departs, leaving behind a note to the girl that reads: “I thort your kindness was love but it aint cause I seen him. Goodbye.” This prototypical Chaplin film is important for its superb characterization and construction, successfully integrating pathos with comedy. The film’s sad ending—new to film comedy—incorporates Chaplin’s first use of the classic fade-out, in which the Tramp shuffles away alone into the distance, with his back to the camera.
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