Beware of the Blu-ray
- The Gold Rush review by RJ
I have never quite managed to fully embrace Charlie Chaplin. His humour sometimes makes me smile, sometimes make me groan but rarely makes me laugh out loud.
Having said that, this is by no means a bad film and I preferred it to The Kid and A Woman of Paris (I'm working my way through the box set). There are parts of this which are genuinely funny and some moments which are quite sweet and touching, alongside some rather more cloying sentimentality.
I'm sure the internet is awash with reviews, essays etc about this film so I won't go into any great detail about the film itself. The main purpose of my review is to warn that, unfortunately, the Curzon Artificial Eye blu-ray release only contains the 1942 re-release of the film to which Chaplin, presumably in an attempt to attract modern audiences to the film, added a thunderous and distracting narration which completely ruins the film. The whole beauty of silent cinema is how everything is expressed through the physicality of the performers. The narration added by Chaplin just tramples all over it, I couldn't concentrate on the action at all and all the delicacy and beauty of the film was lost.
The original version from 1925 is available on YouTube - not the best quality but perfectly watchable. It is far superior and you should seek that out rather than this butchered experiment.
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