The Cure (1917)

DailyView: Day 197, Movie 279

With the Rocky IV special release tonight that I will be attending, I needed to dip into the well of Charlie Chaplin shorts once again this morning and I came out with a great one.

The Cure is set just prior to prohibition in the USA and this plot involves the potential evils of alcohol, and perhaps some of the fun of it as well.

There are some exceptionally funny sequences that really bring out the mastery of the slapstick format that Chaplin is so brilliant at performing. There is a scene involving Chaplin and a revolving door that is amazingly choreographed and brilliantly laid out. There is another scene with a masseur that devolves into a fistfight of epic porportions.

As always, the silent film is anchored with the music. The music changes and flows with the antics of Chaplin, blending beautifully with the visual smorgasbord.

Chaplin seemed to be in his Little Tramp character, but it was noticeable that he was not dressed in the same manner as he usually was. He did not have his black suit coat or the recognizable bowler hat (though it does make a cameo in the film). The slight change was very effective as well.

Charlie Chaplin is the master of these silent shorts. With all due respect to Buster Keaton (who I have watched a few times recently), Chaplin makes this incredibly difficult art form look remarkably simple and totally entertaining.

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