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Sunnyside has Charlie Chaplin's tramp working at a country in the village of Sunnyside (he cooks an egg early on, is this a pun?), and bears some similarities with The Gold Rush - in particular, the idea of sharing quarters with an odious character, unusual cooking methods, and having to fight someone for the girl - but of course, the surroundings are much more mundane. Great opening, but the tramp gets kicked in the butt a little too much, and you start to lose interest after a while. The mid-point features a wonderful little fantasy sequence that I thought would send the 41-minute trifle into new realms of whimsy, but alas, it's not something that sticks around. We're soon back at the inn, where people are mean to Charlie and the slapstick gags are a little more run of the mill. As for the romance, it's quite thin, and relies on a twist at the end just to make it interesting. I don't really buy it. Some fun bits, but it's really more of a sketch (pun intended) of greater works to come.
Chaplin dealing with a couple of cows and an angry neighbour.
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This movie ranks #43 in Harvard University's Suggested Film Viewing List: Narrative Films (2012)
This movie ranks #149 in Anthology Film Archives' Essential Cinema
This movie ranks #520 in Amos Vogel's Film as a Subversive Art