The Immigrant (1917)


Number of Times Seen – 1 (20 Jan 2016)

Brief Synopsis – Chaplin short film about the life difficulties of a young new immigrant to America during his journey across the Atlantic and after reaching the new land.

My Take on it – Charlie Chaplin was truly a comic genius of his time and this movie is yet further proof of that.

I love the way that he is always able to mix together slapstick comedy, parodies and of course a love story for his beloved tramp in all of his movies.

This film includes some of his iconic scenes; mainly the one with the immigration officer.

Not perfect, but still quite enjoyable due largely to the onscreen presence of Chaplin.

Bottom Line – Funny but short Chaplin film that once again shows his genius in slapstick and parody with a bit of love for his ‘tramp’ always on the horizon. Includes some of Chaplin’s manyv iconic scenes especially the immigration officer one. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – According to Kevin Brownlow’s and David Gill’s documentary series Unknown Chaplin (1983), the first scenes to be written and filmed take place in what became the movie’s second half, in which the penniless Tramp finds a coin and goes for a meal in a restaurant, not realizing that the coin has fallen out of his pocket. It was not until later that Charles Chaplin decided the reason the Tramp was penniless was that he had just arrived on a boat from Europe, and used this notion as the basis for the first half. Edna Purviance reportedly was required to eat so many plates of beans during the many takes to complete the restaurant sequence (in character as another immigrant who falls in love with Charlie) that she became physically ill. (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy


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