The Gold Rush


In search of gold in turn-of-the-century Alaska, Charlie takes refuge with fellow prospector Mack Swain in an isolated, comically-imbalanced cabin, where hunger forces him to eat that famous shoe. This is the masterpiece that features more great Chaplin moments than any other: the dance of the dinner rolls, the cabin tottering over the cliff, the giant chicken, etc. etc. Inspired by a stereopticon slide of trekkers struggling up the Chilkoot Pass and an account of the Donner party, Chaplin bravely filmed in the Sierra Nevadas, a location so remote that the construction team had to break a nine-mile trail to the nearest railroad. One of his biggest box-office hits, and one of the most hilarious and iconic comedies ever made, The Gold Rush was described by Chaplin himself as “the picture I want to be remembered by.” Long available theatrically only in a 1942 reissue version with Chaplin’s own music and vocal narration added, this is the complete 1925 silent version presented as it was originally meant to be seen, with a newly-recorded orchestral score! (Dir. by Charles Chaplin, 1925, silent with music score, 72 min., Not Rated) 35mm