Charlie Chaplin – The Circus
My Overall Thoughts:
This is actually a very tough category (that was only used once), but both of these films are hilarious and either would have been deserving of a win.
2. Ted Wilde
1. Lewis Milestone
2. Speedy – Lloyd is hilarious in this film and I loved the way the story flows from subject to subject without losing any momentum. He truly is a wonder to watch and the number of mishaps in this film are so thought out and ingenious that it’s so hard to not laugh the entire time. The scenes filmed in Coney Island are great and the way that the overall story is framed works quite well that it makes the story feel so timeless. The cameo by Babe Ruth is classic.
1. Two Arabian Knights – Great comedy that is about an unlikely duo that traverse the world during the Great War and learn so much about one another and friendship. The story works on numerous levels yet they still manage to keep the flow of the story going the whole time despite the often changed venues. The humor isn’t done as slapstick like Chaplin, Lloyd and Keaton were accustomed to but they find a way to get these characters into so much mischief that it’s so hard not to laugh at the way thing progress. The scope of this film is great and we get to see some vety diverse situations along the way. They do a wonderful job blending comedy, adventure, romance and chivalry into one really fun film.
Do I agree with the Oscar winner? – Yep! Both of these films are hilarious, but the scope of TAK is much larger and that probably gives it a slight edge over Speedy.
Let me know what you think about these films and my rankings!