The Gold Rush
Free Family Day Screening—Free Admission!
The original 1925 version of The Gold Rush will be shown for free on the outdoor screen Thursday, August 4.
Charlie Chaplin, Mack Swain, Tom Murray, Georgia Hale,
Chaplin said that The Gold Rush was the film for which he would like to be remembered; it glitters with some of his most memorable nuggets of comedy. In the frozen wastes of the Klondike, where hordes endure hardship in the quest for gold, Chaplin’s hapless Lone Prospector takes shelter in the cabin of a hungry giant, who hallucinates Charlie into a startlingly convincing chicken. In other oft-excerpted scenes, our hero is reduced to eating his own boot, leads a pair of rolls in a graceful soft-shoe dance, and tries to escape a cabin teetering on the brink of an abyss. But The Gold Rush is more than the sum of its moments: Chaplin’s comedy of desperation and get-rich-quick fantasies both looks back to the tragic folly of the Donner Party and also lampoons the mad American hunger for wealth that remains as ravenous as ever.
- Charles Chaplin
- Roland Totheroh
- with music track and voiceover narration by Chaplin
- 72 mins
- Janus Films
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The gold rush (program note), New York Film Festival, 2011
Chaplin in the limelight (program note), Cinematheque Ontario/a division of Toronto International Film Festival Group, George Kaltsounakis, 2004
The Chaplin collection volume one (review), Village Voice, J. Hoberman, 2003
Chaplin: a life in pictures (distributor materials), Warner Bros., David Robinson, 2003
Key film texts -- excerpt (book excerpt), Hodder Arnold Publications, Graham Roberts, 2002
Correspondence. Charlie Chaplin's collection. (correspondence), Interama, Nicole Jouve, 1997
Chaplin tribute (other), Variety, Roy Chartier, 1989
Chaplin redux (article), American Film, Charles Silver, 1984
The gold rush (program note), Toronto International Film Festival, 1981
The gold rush (distributor materials), Kit Parker Films, Kit Parker, 1979
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