Friday, 3 December 2010
The significance of some of these shorts cannot be underestimated. There's the first film Chaplin ever made (Making A Living), the first one in which he played his signature tramp character (Mabel's Strange Predicament), the first that he wrote and directed (Caught In The Rain) and the first American feature-length comedy, Tillie's Punctured Romance (it's no Airplane! but it does feature a fat lady being kicked up the arse and a lot of policemen falling over). What you're essentially witnessing as you watch a pissed-up hobo repeatedly having his backside punished is the birth and evolution of modern film comedy, and it's a fantastic experience.