The Kid

USA 1921. Dir: Charles Chaplin. 53 min. DCP

To celebrate Charlie Chaplin’s 130th birthday this year, Film Club presents a special Father’s Day screening of Chaplin’s sublime feature-length debut, “a picture with a smile — and perhaps, a tear.” A touching silent comedy with roots in Chaplin’s own Dickensian childhood, The Kid has Charlie’s Tramp adopting a young boy (five-year-old Jackie Coogan, in a star-making turn) who’s been abandoned by a single mom. Charlie supports the child by working as a travelling glazier, and fights efforts to send him away to an orphanage. In the meantime, the mother becomes a rich opera singer. Arguably Chaplin’s most accomplished marriage of humour and heart, this agile 53-minute treasure, a colossal international success in 1921, “remains one of Chaplin's masterpieces and one of the best remembered and most loved of all motion pictures” (Theodore Huff, Charlie Chaplin). Silent with intertitles and musical score.


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REVIEWS

"The Kid hasn’t aged a day ... A genuinely moving work."

A.V. Club | full review

"By long odds the best motion picture comedy ever made."

LA Times | full review


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