The Kid

I got through the first week of classes and felt relieved.  I went home and watched Charlie Chaplin’s “The Kid.”  It was the Criterion Collection Blu-ray release, and this edition looked clean and beautiful.  The only complaint I had about it was that it was the 1972 rerelease version instead of the 1921 original.  I always want to see movies as the originally were, and I get annoyed with directors who tinker with their work, like George Lucas with his Star Wars movies and Steven Spielberg with “Close Encounters of the Third Kind.”  Edna Purviance is the woman who leaves her baby in a car, hoping the wealthy people in the house would take care of him.  We see a rich person again as part of the plot in “City Lights.”  The scene with the bully reminded me of the boxing scene in “City Lights.”  Food is big in Chaplin’s movies, and we see Charlie and Jackie eat pancakes.  Charlie uses a bit too much butter, but we don’t see him actually bite into it.  When I think of Chaplin’s food scenes, I think of “The Gold Rush.”  He was also hungry in “Modern Times.”  The kid was a good little actor, and I liked the scene with the window breaking a lot.  Looking at this little kid, it’s hard to imagine that he would become Uncle Fester and then Shirley Partridge’s father.  The most powerful moments in this movie involve the authorities taking Jackie away.  We would see something similar in “Modern Times,” with Paulette Goddard.  The scheme with the window breaking was OK for comedy, although it’s hard to believe it could happen without the women getting suspicious.  In the sequence with the angels, it would have been nice to see wings that looked softer.  I wondered how different the Chaplin of 1972 was from the Chaplin of 1921.  I would have been afraid to let him to any editing after “A Countess From Hong Kong.”  Charlie was right about the changed he was making to his films.  We might not even remember him today if he had continued making just short films.  This version of “The Kid” runs only 53 minutes.  Charlie probably could have added more to the story, and it would have turned out fine.  I like taking this movie off the shelf and seeing it once in a while.  I watched the news and heard that the Giants almost had a no-hitter against the Dodgers.  I saw a little bit of Truman Capote on The Dick Cavett Show.  I also watched Jimmy Kimmel.  He talked about Hillary Clinton opening the jar of pickles on his show on Monday.  Some people didn’t want to believe that she actually did it without someone loosening the lid.  Would it have meant anything if a woman nearing 70 was unable to open a jar of pickles?  Some of the people who died on August 26 include Lon Chaney (1930), Charles Lindbergh (1974), Charles Boyer (1978), Tex Avery (1980), Ted Knight (1986), Laura Branigan (2004), and Ellie Greenwich (2009).  Today is a birthday for Chris Pine (36) and Melissa McCarthy (46).

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