Twenty Minutes of Love (1914)

Number of Times Seen – 1 (18 Sep 2021)

Brief Synopsis – A man walks around a park snooping on the people hanging around there and constantly gets into trouble.

My Take on it – I was quite interested in seeing how this story would play out since I knew that it was one of Charlie Chaplin’s first films.

The story itself is pretty bland and the way that things play out is ok, but not as hilarious as I would have expected from him.

The slapstick aspects of the film are done well, but the series of misfortunes and scenarios that this character ends up getting himself into aren’t so great.

The watch thread is probably the best one here and I really liked the way that it was able to span almost all of the characters involved in this short.

The “making out” scenes between some of the characters was a bit shocking for me to see on film since despite knowing that people haven’t changed in the past 100 years, it seemed a bit too straight forward and passionate for a film back then.

Watching things like this always reminds me of the fact that despite a perception that earlier generations were more pristine than the way life is now, this film is further proof that even as time flows, not much really change along the way.

Not one of Chaplain’s best, but it is possible to see how his comic genius evolved from this kind of story.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – First movie Charles Chaplin both wrote and directed. Studio head, Mack Sennett, allowed Chaplin to take on these responsibilities on the condition that the actor would personal cover any financial losses should the film flop. As it turned, the film was a success and Chaplin’s future as a filmmaker was assured. (From IMDB)

Rating – BAFTA Worthy (5/10)


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