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Year
1918
Runtime
45 min.
Director
Charles Chaplin
Genres
Comedy, War
Rating *
7.3
Votes *
4,462
Checks
1,062
Favs
33
Dislikes
9
Favs/checks
3.1% (1:32)
Favs/dislikes
4:1
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  1. Windill's avatar

    Windill

    A rather good one!
    Funny thing: as a fake German caporal from World War I, Chaplin already looks like the Great Dictator!
    3 years 5 months ago
  2. Siskoid's avatar

    Siskoid

    Decades before lampooning Hitler in The Great Dictator, Charlie Chaplin was taking potshots at the Kaiser in Shoulder Arms, and winning World War I practically by himself while at it. In this early (1918) not-so-short (45 minutes), the Tramp enlists at the tail end of the Great War and experiences vignettes of trench war that feel like sanitized tall tales soldiers might recount at the kitchen table upon their return, and at no point does it become a case of War Is Hell. And that's fine, especially in light of the loopy ending. If there's a loose narrative here, it's that of the Tramp progressively becoming more heroic and jaded, and eventually getting into shenanigans that take him into the Kaiser's proximity, and into the arms of a French girl. Amusing enough, though not as sharp as later films. The Great Dictator will be grand satire. Shoulder Arms is mostly about kicking diminutive Germans in the arse. It was apparently Chaplin's first big hit. TOPICAL! 1 week 2 days ago
  3. AdGuzman's avatar

    AdGuzman

    (partly removed by mod: please post in English)

    I thought this one in particular from Master Chaplin was funny and entertaining indeed
    2 years 6 months ago
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  1. This movie ranks #8 in IMDb's 1910s Top 50
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  2. This movie ranks #118 in The Top 300 Silent Era Films
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  3. This movie ranks #152 in Anthology Film Archives' Essential Cinema
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  4. This movie ranks #217 in Silent but not Forgotten: The best silent films
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  5. This movie ranks #273 in Film Comedy
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