1 Year, 100 Movies: #58 The Gold Rush (1925)

1925For 1 Year, 100 Movies, I will watch all of AFI’s 100 Years, 100 Movies list (compiled in 2007) in one year- and will complete a goal on my 2013 Manifesto. Come along on the ride with me- oh, and please pass the popcorn!

‘The Gold Rush’ is once again an example of Charlie Chaplin at his best. I can’t believe before this idea of watching each of the films on AFI’s top 100 movies that I’d never seen a Chaplin film before. He is a true master of the art. The credits tell the story- written, directed, produced, scored and acted in by Charlie Chaplin.

The plot line in ‘The Gold Rush’ is simple. An inexperienced prospector (Chaplin) goes to Alaska in search of fortune during the 1898 Klondike Gold Rush. Through a series of (mis)adventures he meets other prospectors like Big Jim (Mack Swain) and Georgia (Georgia Hale), a local dance hall girl. Like many real-life prospectors he falls on hard times, but in the end he lands back on top- and ends up with the girl to boot.

It’s a genuine film with so much thought and originality. It has moments of pure sweetness and tenderness contrasting with exuberance, but is always humorous.

In my humble, non-professional, average movie-goer opinion this movie earns:

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