Posts Tagged ‘city lights’

Charles Chaplin (A Tramp). Directed by Charles Chaplin. Rating: U. Running time: 87 minutes. City Lights is the first Chaplin film I’ve returned to since I’ve discovered, fallen in love with and grown to idolise Keaton. And it is, alas, not better than most of Buster’s brilliantly humorous work. In the debate in The Dreamers as […]


Groucho Marx (Rufus T. Firefly), Harpo Marx (Pinky), Chico Marx (Chicolini). Screenplay by Bert Kalmar and Harry Ruby. Directed by Leo McCarey. Rating: U. Running time: 68 minutes. Proclaimed as the ultimate Marx brothers film and for good reason, Duck Soup is a ferocious 60 minutes of non-stop gags of the visual and audible variety. […]


Marion Mack (Annabelle Lee), Glen Cavender (Captain Anderson), Jim Farley (General Thatcher), Buster Keaton (Johnny Gray). Screenplay by Clyde Bruckman and Buster Keaton. Directed by Clyde Bruckman and Buster Keaton. Rating: U. Running time: 75 minutes. Is there a legitimate debate to be had between the relative virtues of Charlie Chaplin, who was so popular […]


Towards the end of Manhattan, Woody Allen’s Isaac lies on his own couch, reminiscent of so many movie psychiatry scenes, and unknowingly performs a self-analysis with one passing comment that sums up his existence perfectly: New Yorkers, we are told, live their entire lives creating petty little problems for eachother, with the sole aim of […]