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Charlie Chaplins The Gold Rush The Gold Rush is a classic Chaplin film The film takes place during the gold rush the recurring hero type the Tramp tries his hand at mining There are the ups and downs as well as a female love interest all those components expected of Chaplin film The only difference between this film and the other adventures of the tramp was the ending As in other films instead of the Tramp walking into the sunset to his next adventure no richer and without love the Gold Rush end in just the opposite way In fact the tramp is a millionaire and gets the girl The ending alone is unusual and one of the aspects that makes this film my favorite The most important thing that I noticed was the dream sequence It was very expressionistic in its approach to revealing the character inner workings The usually timid shy composed Tramp is a completely different person inside He dreams of being the focus of everyones attention something that in real life he would not be able to do The classic Oceana roll was incredible So many have copied it yet no one ca do it quite like Chaplin The camera work was conventional What is meant by conventional is that the same generic shots are used over and over again The most interesting use of the camera was the shots of over 500 extras going up to the mine site This scene added a scene of gigantisms However generic the use of the common shots was necessary Chaplins comedy being very physical it had to be caught on film in its entirely The scenes of action were very much like street corner attractions One of the greatest senses in this film is that of the boot No food or hope of surviving the Tramp decides to make himself and Big Jim a meal out of
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