The Kid

The Kid ★★★★★

It is not just that Chaplin forces his audience to look at the injustices he depicts for long stretches of uninterrupted time. Audiences were used to wide shots and long takes. Griffith had popularised this model over ten years ago. Such a model of filmmaking enables audiences to ignore injustice; to simply dismiss it as a small part of the frame. It is in Chaplin himself that the images find not only meaning, but perhaps more significantly clarity. It is his performance which forces the audience to confront and interact with the realities of poverty. His presence is inescapable. This is how you do political cinema.

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