Hitchcock’s Dangerous Waters

Hitchcock’s films have been analyzed through various subjects. They are recognizable for having common points, both in their narrative and technical aspects. We know Hitchcock liked cool blondes, “wrong men”, murders, stairs, trains, cameos, etc. But a subject that isn’t talked much about is the importance of water in his films. I was thinking about this recently and, generally, water in Hitchcock’s film is associated with danger or, at least, to something not positive.

I had the idea of writing about this as, yesterday, in class, we were talking about two Lucia Puenzo’s movies, XXY and The Fish Child. In both movies, water is associated with something calm, something not menacing and beautiful. And then I thought, “Oh not like in Hitchcock’s films!” Because Hitchcock obviously always comes to my mind…

How is the element water used in Hitchcock’s films? That’s what I’ll explore today through 17 of his films. I might reveal some spoilers, so be careful. There are movies I might not be discussing if I haven’t seen them already.

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MURDER:

Generally, water is associated with murder in Hitchcock movies. What always first comes to our mind when we think about Hitchcock movies is the famous shower scene from Psycho. Here, we could also associate this shower to vulnerability. Marion Crane is trapped like a mouse. There’s no way she can get out and save herself.  Why did the murderer decide to kill her in the shower? Let’s precise that Hitchcock did not invent that original murder, but Robert Bloch in his book of the same name. But anyway, why the shower? My theories are that it is a place where the victim becomes highly vulnerable like I previously said, but also where the blood is easier to wash. I’ve always liked this scene when Norman Bates cleans the blood in the bathtub after the murder. It’s all washed very quickly and easily. He doesn’t have to scrub during hours.

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Psycho, yes, is the first film we’ll think about when we mention water and murder while discussing Hitchcock’s films, but it’s certainly not the only one. A movie where water is absolutely like hell is the not so often talked about Jamaica Inn. Based on the novel of the same name by Daphné Du Maurier, it takes place on the Cornwall coast. Without going into the whole movie plot, the main problematic involves a bunch of criminals who provoke shipwrecks by turning off the light of the lighthouse on the coast. As a result, the boats dart on the rocky coast and sink. The survivors are then killed by the men and are abandoned in the water like the boats and the rest of the already dead crew. The criminals then steal the boats from their possessions. Unlike Psycho, this involves mass murder. The concept is very interesting, although I’ve always thought those men were going through a lot to reach their goal… Jamaica Inn is a very dark film. Water here is not only associated with murder, but also to barbarism. Poor Mary Yellen’s uncle is one of them. He and the other men are people with no manners and no consideration. They are more like beasts than humans, unlike [spoiler] Norman Bates, who remains a someone with manners despite his wrong actions (of course, we only discover at the end that HE is the murderer). [end of spoiler]. But of course, here we’re comparing someone with a mental case to common thieves with no common sense.

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Then, there is Saboteur. Here, it’s not complicated, one of Frank Fry’s hideous sabotage plans consist in the explosion of a boat. The struggle between Fry and Kane in the truck where the detonator remains among the most stressful scenes in Hitchcock’s filmography. Will Kane succeed to stop Fry from pushing the detonator? Unfortunately, no. The boat explodes under the eyes of terrified people. Here, what we associate with water is simply the boat. No need to explain why. One of the most memorable shots of the film is when Fry, sat in a car, sees the boat lying on its side in the water, and does this creepy criminal smile. By the way, Norman Lloyd, the oldest Hollywood actor will turn 102 years old next November 8! Very soon! 🙂

The last movie we’ll talk about is Strangers on a Train. Here, it concerns Miriam’s murder. Remember, Bruno Anthony kills her on the Lovers Island at the amusement park. The island is obviously surrounded by water, which allows the murderer to escape in his boat and go back on the solid ground. Here, the victim is not directly killed in the water like in Jamaica Inn or Psycho, but her murder takes place next to a watercourse.

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AFTER THE MURDER…

Sometimes, the victim in Hitchcock’s film would not necessarily have been murdered in  the water, but would be found in a watercourse, simply because that’s where the murderer decided to get rid of her. This refers to the famous cliché that murderers get rid of their victims by throwing them in a lake, a river, the sea, etc. Once again, water is associated to something creepy. I mean, who would like to go swim in a bay where a corpse has been found?

The first film we’ll think about is Young and Innocent. It’s poor Robert who discovers the dead body of actress Christine Clay while he’s walking on the beach. First, we see a hand appearing among the waves (kind of creepy) and then the whole corpse. But the presence of a belt as well let us know that she didn’t drown, but had been murdered by strangulation.

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Then there is Rebecca. During the whole movie, we think Rebecca died in a boat accident until we learn that she, in fact, died in her little house by the sea. [spoiler] In the novel she is killed by her husband Max the Winter, but in the film, she dies by falling and hurting her head (always in the presence of Max). But in both cases, Max decides to get rid of the corpse by putting it in the sailing ship and arranges for it to sink, so people would believe in an accident.[end of spoiler]. The ocean is menacing in Rebecca. This one seems always in movement, never calm and highly impressive. [spoiler] Rebecca’s boat and the corpse are found in the stressful climax of the film. [end of spoiler] If you have read Daphné du Maurier’s novel, it describes how, even if the west wing’s rooms give a beautiful view of the sea, the east wing’s rooms are more peaceful having a view on the garden. Precisely because there’s something, yes, beautiful, but also menacing and violent about the ocean, especially on windy nights.

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In To Catch a Thief, water is first associated with something casual and pleasant when France and John swim in the Mediterranean on a sunny day, until [spoiler] Foussard is killed. He is knocked out on the head and falls into the sea from a high cliff. We remember his inert face, with the eyes open, when he is found. Quite a shock for the poor guy…[end of spoiler]

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We then get back to Psycho, where water becomes important, not only during the shower scene, but also in those sequences where Norman Bates gets rid of the victim’s cars. And where does he put them? In the dirty pond! Clever. Here, water is used to hide something. Marion Crane’s car is fished out at the end of the film. We know her body is in the trunk of the car, but we’re thankful those details are not shown to us. Hugh!

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To wrap up on this category, the last film we should mention in Frenzy. At the beginning, one of the victims of the “necktie murderer” is found in the Thames under the terrified reactions of the Londoners. Mind the river.

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Murderers seem not to have understood something: even if you throw a body in the water, it will always come back to the surface… Better bury him!

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SUICIDE

A delicate subject, suicide has not been as much present as murder in Hitchcock movies, but it’s there. The first film that comes to our mind when we think about suicide in Hitchcock films is Vertigo. Remember, Scottie follows Madeleine (well, that’s what he thinks…) and, when they arrived next to the Golden Gate (the story takes place in San Francisco), she throws herself in the San Francisco Bay. Ironically, the Golden Gate is known as the bridge where the biggest amount of suicides was committed in North America. The second one is the Jacques Cartier Bridge in Montreal where I live (…). Anyway, Madeleine creates an association between her and water by choosing this way of killing herself. Luckily, Scottie manages to rescue her. Poor Kim Novak, she really couldn’t swim. Hitchcock could be harsh on his actresses…

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Chloé from the mediocre film The Skin Game does the same and kill herself by falling into a pool. To be honest, I don’t really know why. It’s not a very good film, so I kind of forgot about it.

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Finally, Hitchcock’s early silent film The Manxman also contains a suicide scene when Kate elegantly throws herself in the water. Her wedding life was not going too well…

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BOATS

Water also becomes dangerous when you are on a boat and this one sinks… This was used at its full potential in Hitchcock’s Lifeboat. After a boat as been sunk by the German army, its survivors find themselves surviving on a lifeboat, for an undetermined period. What will happen to them? They are lost, forever alone in this huge ocean. But “water” here is also a synonym of “hope”. They hope for rain, as they practically have nothing to drink. This Hitchcock’s film, where all the action takes place on the ocean is one of his most thrilling.

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There’s also an important scene in Rich and Strange that involves a boat sinking. That’s what happens to Emily and Fred at the end of their cruise. The poor ones think they are at the end of their life, but, luckily, they are saved by another boat. We remember when they are locked up in their room and the water starts coming through the door. It seems to be the end, but, when they wake up, Fred and Emily realizes they are not dead. That would have been too dramatic for such a film.

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OTHER

There are four more films I briefly want to mention that are also related to water in Hitchcock’s films.

First, there’s Sabotage. In this film, the two saboteurs have a secret meeting in an aquarium. It’s indeed a very special place to have a meeting. Of course, it’s a calm place, there are not too many people and the fish cannot really hear them… This is a very special scene in the film. Shot in an interesting visual way.

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Second, The Birds takes place in Bodega Bay. The bay is part of the pacific ocean and it’s in this little Californian town that aggressive birds will attack people. Once again, the menace is happening next to a watercourse. We see a lot of seagulls in The Birds, which birds that NORMALLY live by the sea (if there’s not a McDonald around…)

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Third, Roger Thornhill almost falls from a cliff when he is driving his car, drunk. Vandamm and his gang hoped to kill him this way, but, obviously, Thornhill manages to save his skin. Well, it would have been too weird if Cary Grant would have died in the first minutes of the film, no?…

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Finally, water becomes associated with danger at the end of Number 17, when the train, that goes at a very high speed, falls into the sea. The film is not a very good one, but that’s a moment we don’t forget. And, as much as the water is menacing for the train, by falling into it, the train also becomes a menace for the water as it pollutes it. Yes, we must have an environmental conscience, even when we watch Hitchcock’s movies! 😉

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There are some movies that I might not have mentioned that also use water as an object of fear and danger. I think there’s a plane that crashes in the ocean in Foreign Correspondent, no? But I preferred not to develop on the subject as I haven’t seen the film yet and didn’t want to say anything that could be wrong.

Well,  as always, there’s always so much to say about one specific subject in a Hitchcock film! I hope this was interesting!

See you! 🙂

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Silent Cinema Blogathon: The Farmer’s Wife

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This article is part of the Silent Cinema Blogathon hosted by In the Good Old Days of Classic Hollywood and Lauren Champkin.

Silent films tend to be forgotten nowadays, probably due to the fact that they were made a long time ago (with the exception of The Artist, which is a great film by the way). People will mostly remember Charlie Chaplin’s ones, but there’s much more to discover. There’s something magical about those. They were very inventive and actors had to express themselves only with their facial expressions and body language. Ok, I must admit, I prefer silent comedy, but there are some good silent dramas too. The thing with silent film is that something has to happen. It can’t be just people sitting at a table and talking, otherwise people will lose interest and get bored. Recently, I’ve seen a 2 hours Russian silent fiction film in class and well…slept over it. Same story with this silent documentary about the Russian revolution. These films have a certain potential, but many faults too, and they were NOT made for a large public. Anyway, I’m not here to talk about movies I don’t like, but about good silent films, those we have the pleasure to watch and that glorify the world of silent films. Just to continue with the Russian cinema, back in the 20s, it certainly was one of the most glorious cinematic industry, if we think of Sergei Einsenstein’s and Dziga Vertov’s films. My personal favourite is The Movie with a Movie Camera. In a way, this film, even if it’s just contemplative, makes me think of Buster Keaton’s The Cameraman. I also love the music. Well, the one in the version I’ve seen.

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My friends Crystal and Lauren Champkin today give the chance, to all those who want to participate to their new blogathon, to talk about something connected to the world of silent cinema: movies, movie stars, directors, etc. On my side, I’ve decided to go with The Farmer’s Wife, a 1928’s British film directed by the one and only Alfred Hitchcock . This is not my favourite silent film, I don’t LOVE it, I LIKE it, but there’s interesting stuff to talk about. I also wanted to go with something else than a Chaplin or Buster Keaton’s film, because I wanted people to discover a lesser known film. Indeed, The Farmer’s Wife is rarely the first film that comes to your mind when you think about Alfred Hitchcock. I own this movie, thanks to this nice dvd box set that my cousins (girls) gave to me for my birthday some years ago (three maybe). From The Lodger to Jamaica Inn, this box set contains  a great deal of early British Hitchcock’s films.

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What I first like about The Farmer’s Wife is the fact that the story is very simple so it will be easy for me to tell you, in two or three sentences, what it’s all about. You know, I’m not good at resuming films. So, the story is about Samuel Sweetland (Jameson Thomas) a farmer who, after his wife’s death, desperately wants to get remarried. With the help of his young housekeeper, Araminta, says “Minta” (Lillian Hall-Davis), he makes a list of potential future wives. When he goes visiting them, the result is not the one he would have hoped for, until he realizes that the wisest solution was much more simple.

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The Farmer’s Wife was based on a play (itself based on a novel) that was staged no less than 1 400 times in London! In its interview with Alfred Hitchcock, François Truffaut notices that, even if it was based on a play, it’s a very cinematic film. Hitchcock agrees with him. Like they say, this is due to the very active role of the camera. This one really participates to the story. Unfortunately, Hitchcock was not very pleased with this film. He thought that he’d DONE the job, but not necessarily done it well.

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The cast and crew

If we compare it to another of his silent films (The Lodger), The Farmer’s Wife is not Hitchcock’s most innovator film. It doesn’t have particular camera movements or things like that. However, in the same interview, Truffaut says to Hitchcock that the cinematography of this film makes him think of the one in F.W Murnau’s films and compares it to Sunrise’s cinematography. That’s a good observation from Mr. Truffaut. I had never thought about it, but I’ve re-watched Sunrise not a long time ago and then The Farmer’s Wife and I agree with him. I perfectly know what he means. The fact that it also takes place in the country can make us think of this Murnau’s film. However, the stories are completely different. There’s something very poetic about this cinematographic style. The use of the light adds a certain softness to the film.

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The main force of the film, and what makes it most appealing to me, is the cast. The two main actors are brilliant, just like the numerous supporting character actors. Lillian Hall Davis who plays Minta gives us what might be my favourite actress performance in a silent film. Her acting is very simple. She doesn’t exaggerate her emotions, but these are all perfectly transmitted to us. She gives a touching a sweet performance. If you’ve never seen this film, you’ll agree with me that she’s quite marvellous. Previously, Lillian Hall Davis had appeared in Hitchcock’s The Ring, which was a success on its release. Sadly, Davis’ career decreased with the coming of the talkies and, suffering of a depression, she killed herself in 1938 at the age of 35. When you’ll see her performance in The Farmer’s Wife you’ll feel very sad that such a lovely lady made an end to her life so abruptly.

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Jameson Thomas, who plays the farmer, is very convincing too. What I especially liked about his acting were its several reactions. For example, when he’s upset, it’s quite funny. After all, this is a comedy. Lillian Hall Davis and Jameson Thomas’ chemistry in this film is a delight to watch. They make a real team a brilliantly complete each other.

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Finally, let’s take a look at the supporting cast. The first actor we’ll notice among it is Gordon Harker who is cast as Churdles Ash, the Handyman. Ok, for those who have an interest for character actor, this one certainly has to be discovered. The comic side of this film is mainly embodied by him. He plays a grumpy man who turned out to be very funny despite him. Just look at the moment when he wears classy clothes. A real hilarious disaster! The potential future wives are played by Maud Gill, Louis Pounds, Olga Slade and Ruth Maitland. They all did a great job, but the most memorable one certainly is Maud Gill who perfectly performed her role of a tin, shy and frigid woman. She’s very convincing and her reaction when Jameson Thomas asks her to marry her worth a million.

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As I’ve studied screen writing, this is always an aspect I pay attention to in a film. As I’ve said in the beginning, this one is well structured and there’s a good evolution. Some scene might be a little long, but I’ve seen worst, believe me. As strange as it may seems, this film also contains some of my favourite inter titles, so very amusing lines. Here are some examples:

  1. Minta and Samuel are making the future wives’ list. He asks her to add Mary Hearn (Olga Slade) on the list. Minta makes him notice that she’s a little fat. To what he answers:

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3. Thirza Tapper’s housekeeper, Susan (Antonia Brough) comes in the living room, crying like a baby. Like this (poor girl):

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Because the ices she was preparing has melt. Her only argument is this:

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4. During an argument with Mary Hearn, this one asks to Samuel:

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To what he answers:

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5. And later, being very mad at her, he tells her:

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So you can see, many humour in these dialogues.

I’ll finish this review by discussing the strangest element of this film: the music. Ok, the music itself is not strange, it’s a typical orchestral classical music, a style that was often used in silent films. However, it doesn’t fit the movie AT ALL. As a matter of fact, this music is kind of dramatic and doesn’t reflect well the comic ambiance of the film. So, it’s kind of weird and somehow a little annoying. It fits for certain scenes, but for the major film, it doesn’t. We expect a more happy music in a comedy.

Well, The Famer’s Wife is one of those underrated and un-well known Hitchcock’s films that certainly deserves to be discovered. It’s a movie with qualities and faults. It’s not a masterpiece, but it certainly is a nice entertainment. There’s nothing boring with this film and it’s a good one to watch when you’re not too much into deep psychological films. Anyway, if you haven’t seen it, I hope I convinced you to watch it.

I want to thank Crystal from In the Good Old Days of Classic Hollywood and Lauren Champkin for hosting this event. It certainly was a great idea and a real fun to participate to it. Of course, I invite you to take a look a the other entries! Just click on the link below:

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Shorts! A Tiny Blogathon: The High Sign

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It’s already there, the Shorts’ Blogathon hosted by Movies Silently. I have to say, this was one of the blogathons I was expecting the most. I think it’s a swell idea and it’s now the occasion for me to do a review of Buster Keaton’s The High Sign. Directed in 1921 by Buster Keaton himself and Edward F. Cline, The High Sign is a short silent comedy starring Buster Keaton (of course), Bartine Burkett and the giant Ingram B. Pickett. Along with One Week, The High Sign is really one of my most favourite Buster Keaton’s short films. It’s also, in my opinion, one of his most inventive ones.

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Like many Buster Keaton’s films, the story is quite simple and easy to resume. In an amusement park shooting gallery, thanks to one of his genius inventions, Buster is noticed by Tiny Tim and his Blinking Buzzards, a gang of bandits. Because he SEEMS to be a very good shooter, they decide to hire him to kill a man. Not a long time after, August Nicklenurser, the town miser, and his daughter also notice his “talent” and decide to hire him as a bodyguard, because August is in mortal danger. When he accesses to The Blinking Buzzard’s HQ, they tell him that he has to kill… August Nicklenurser! You can imagine that this is a problem for the poor Buster, because as it says in the film: ” Guarding a man from danger and killing him at the same time is SOME job”. What will Buster do? Well, I’ll let you watch the film to discover it!

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As I said sooner, The High Sign is certainly one of the most inventive Buster Keaton’s films, especially for its numerous genius gags. 20 minutes long, it’s great and effective and you can’t get bored by watching it. I can’t tell you what are ALL the gags in this film, because there are so many, but I can present you some examples. The first that came up to my mind is when Buster steals a gun to a policeman and replace it with a banana. Later in the film, the same policeman wants to stop Tiny Tim, but realizes that his gun has been replaced by a banana. Seriously, I love this moment. His reaction worths a million! The first gag of the film is when Buster tries to read a newspaper and he unfolds it, and unfolds it, and finally it comes out to be a big poster made out of newspapers!

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This would probably sound very strange, but The High Sign has  one of my favourite centered heading. It’s the first one, the one that introduces us to the film: “Our Hero came from Nowhere, he wasn’t going anywhere and got kicked off Somewhere”. And then we see the poor Buster kicked off a train, God knows why, and his adventure  start in an amusement park. I was telling you that this movie has many original gags, but another very ingenious thing in this film is the Nicklenurser’s house. I really believe this is a movie an architect can enjoy watching. It’s an ordinary house, pretty, but when August and his daughter learn that they are in danger, they decide to install some traps and secret passages. As a result, you’ll have my favourite scene of the film: the pursuit in the house. In this marvellous scene, you see how all these traps and secret passages work. It’s very interesting and so much fun to watch! I really wonder how they made all this, but it’s certainly very clever.

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Another thing I love about The High Sign is the very original casting. You have, of course, Buster Keaton, funny and clumsy as ever, but also very brilliant. Buster Keaton was a genius, his character in the film was one too. What more can I say? Buster Keaton was a legend. Ingram B. Pickett is the perfect bad guy. And he is so tall! Finally, Bartine Burkett, who plays Miss Nicklenurser, is so adorable and her acting is very nice to watch. She is  expressive and her acting is very  effective. She is able to show many expressions only with her eyes. That was the power of the actors of the Silent Area. I also love the moment when she plays ukulele. That’s sweet, but also ironic because it’s a silent film. Well, it can become another gag when we think about it. ” You play so well my dear, but I can’t hear you!”

342tumblr_nl0y3ejAsg1sa11jco1_500Capture d’écran 2015-05-03 à 13.53.27 I’m very glad I wrote this review because I wanted to write an article about The High Sign few months ago, but never did. This wonderful blogathon was the perfect occasion to. I hope you enjoyed reading my entry and that, if you haven’t seen The High Sign yet, it will make you want to watch it. It’s only 20 minutes long and it’s a very nice and easy movie to watch. Of course, don’t miss the other entries of this blogathon! You can find them by click there: Shorts! A Tiny Blogathon. If you wish to watch The High Sign, here is a link to see it. Enjoy!

May’s blogathon: Shorts! A Tiny Blogathon

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The Wonderful World of Cinema is proud to participate to another fantastic blogathon: Shorts! A Tiny Blogathon hosted by Movies Silently. This blogathon was created to celebrate the world of short films (pre- 1970). The blogathon will take place on May 2, 3 and 4 2015. Here, at The Wonderful World of Cinema, I’ll write about one of my very favourite shorts: “The High Sign”, a 1921’s Buster Keaton’s film.

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For more informations about this blogathon, please click on this link:

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See you in May, back with the one and only Buster Keaton! 🙂

A Golden Film on Big Screen: The Gold Rush (Chaplin 1925)

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Yesterday, I had the chance to see The Gold Rush (Charlie Chaplin, 1925) on big screen at The Cinémathèque Québécoise which is a film conservatory based in Montreal, Quebec, Canada where I live. I have seen The Gold Rush many times before, but seeing it on big screen was a completely new a wonderful experience. Also, the version I saw many times before on DVD was the 1942’s version with narration and music composed by Chaplin himself. This time, it was the 1925’s silent version I saw. The completed original version was lost, so what we call the “original version” today is a restoration of the film based on what they could find of this original version. The two versions are not that much different, but there are some variations. For example, the 1925’s version is a little longer and the ending is a little different too.

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The Gold Rush tells the story of The Lone Prospector (Charlie Chaplin) who, just like many men in 1896, is looking for the fortune by participating to The Gold Rush who took place in the Klondike. The movie starts with a presentation of this historical event. We saw images of the gold miners braving the cold weather to find the gold they may never find. These images are presented to us in a very dramatic way, but they don’t last a long time because the character of The Lone Prospector is presented to us immediately after that. Of course, this is the Charlot we all know: with his cane, his derby hat and his little moustache! There, the atmosphere changes and becomes funny as we expected. Then, the character of Big Jim (Mack Swain) is presented to us. This gold miner has found a mountain of gold and is very happy. Everything seems to be alright for The Lone Prospector and Big Jim, but when a snowstorm happens, the two characters have to find a shelter. It’s in the cabin of Black Larsen that The Lone Prospector and Big Jim will meet each other. They will also meet Black Larsen, the cabin’s owner. This man, a dangerous wanted criminal, is not very friendly with Big Jim and The Lone Prospector, but they insist to stay.

The three men are starving because they have nothing to eat. So, they decide to play a card game and the loser will have to brave the snow storm and go search some food. Black Larsen loses. He goes, but on his way he kills two law men and, selfish as he is, he steals their food and never come back to the cabin. However, all this doesn’t end in a good way for Black Larsen. Alone in the cabin, The Lone Prospector and Big Jim understand that Black Larsen will probably never come back. For Thanksgiving dinner, The Lone Prospector cooks what he can cook: his own shoe. Himself doesn’t think it’s that much bad, but Big Jim is kind of devastated. As he is still hungry, Big Jim starts to have hallucinations and sees his friend as a chicken. Because of that, he tried to kill him. Luckily, a big bear enters in the cabin and The Lone Prospector kills him. They now have real food and everybody is safe.

After this adventure, The Lone Prospector and Big Jim take each their own direction. The Lone Prospector goes to a little city of the north. There, he met the beautiful Georgia in a saloon and falls in love with her. However, he has a rival and noticed that being in love with the beautiful Georgia is not easy and that it can bring its share of disappointments. For Big Jim, things are difficult because he has lost is memory before having been attacked by Black Larsen. He can’t remember where is mountain of gold is and he has to find his friend The Lone Prospector so he can help him.  I won’t say more, because I don’t want to spoil everything and reveals the ending for those who haven’t seen this movie yet.

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The Gold Rush is the kind of movie that everybody enjoys. Yes, it’s an old film, but it’s also a timeless classic. There are many reasons why I love this film. Of course, one of them is the pure genius of Chaplin. Chaplin’s films are just so brilliant and that’s why people enjoy them so much. Some scenes are so incredible, like the scene when the cabin is about to fall off the mountain. It’s sometimes hard to understand that it was made in 1925. I mean, how do they do that?! I also love the fact that, yes it’s a comedy, but there is also a dramatic side that brings a lot of humanity in this film. Talking about comedy, the gags in this film are so well thinking and so memorable. I mean, how can you forget the famous Oceana Roll’s dance? This dance with  little breads! This is simply one of the most famous scenes of cinema history.

Another thing I love about this film is the character of The Lone Prospector played so well by Charlie Chaplin. He is the comic pillar of this film, or simply the emotional pillar. He is the sources of all our laughs and tears. As always, Chaplin knew perfectly how to make his character so captivating. What I find very funny about Charlot’s Character is when he tries to be the tough guy but he is not really credible. I also love the moments when he is with Georgia. He is so shy and so adorable at the same time. What I also love about this character (and about Chaplin) is the fact that he is very creative: a boot becomes a meal, a leash becomes a belt, etc. I also love the fact that he does everything to impress Georgia. This dinner he organizes for New Year’s Eve looks so simple, but it’s this simplicity that makes it beautiful and we can see that all this comes from the heart. Unfortunately, this New Year’s Eve’s dinner never really happen and that’s one of the sad moments of the film. Anyway, Charlie Chaplin created his character very well. Let’s not forget that he not only played the main character, but also directed and wrote the film! And he did all this very brilliantly!

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The Gold Rush is, for sure, an amazing film and I think it’s a classic everybody should see, just like some other Chaplin’s films like The Kid, City Lights, Modern Times, The Great Dictator, etc. I enjoy very much seeing it on big screen. The sound was very good and the ambiance in the movie theater was very nice. The place was  full and I could see these people were all Chaplin’s lovers or people who were curious about him and his films. There was a man sat next to me who was  laughing during like ALL the film. I was afraid for him that he hiccups! Anyway, seeing classic films on big screen is always a delight and this will certainly not be the last time for me!

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