The Kid (1921)

The Kid (1921)

The Kid (1921)

The extraordinary Charlie Chaplin's first full-length film, a winning combination of slapstick and drama. After the impoverished Tramp (Chaplin) discovers a baby discarded in a trash can, he raises the boy (Jackie Coogan, in a performance that would make him the movies' first major child star) as his son and partner in petty crime. When it's discovered that the Tramp is not his real father, the authorities threaten to separate the close pair...

Upcoming screenings of The Kid as part of the NZ International Film Festival will be supported by the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra and the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra. The Orchestras will both perform a live music score in their respective cities, under the baton of Marc Taddei this year.

1921Rating: G68 minsUSA
ComedyClassic
Director:
Charlie Chaplin ('Modern Times', 'The Great Dictator', 'The Gold Rush', 'City Lights')
Writer:
Charlie Chaplin
Cast:
Charlie ChaplinJackie CooganEdna PurvianceCarl Miller

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The Kid (1921) / Reviews

Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

Chaplin is, of course, hilarious, but it's Coogan's cherubic charm that makes this so special.

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Stuff

Stuff

A groundbreaking and immensely influential piece of work which still delivers laughs and astonishments today.

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Variety

Variety

Introduced as ‘a picture with a smile – perhaps a tear’, it proves itself just that.

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Time Out

Time Out

As always, Chaplin's opulent Victorian sentimentality is made palatable both by the amazing grace of his pantomimic skills and the balancing presence of harsh reality.

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