After a night on the town, Charlie comes home to the house where he is staying, drunk and unable to find his key. For the next twenty minutes he staggers into, out of, and through the house in an inebriated confrontation with the house itself.
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Solid Chaplin effort. Great slapstick and gags throughout. Really solid performance. A drunk gets dropped off at his house and he makes numerous attempts to get out of the taxi, get in his house, and battles the furniture and decorations in his home as he tries to get upstairs to go to bed. Very simple concept full of great physical comedy. Chaplin throws his body around with great abandon. Great stuff.
All 1916 Chaplin get 4 or 5 stars. Unadorned. A camera on a tripod. Barely detectable tilt shots to keep his body w/in the frame. Slight pans. Aside from that, it's all Charlie. A masterful performance by a master of the craft. We are able to see the transition from the vaudeville stage to celluloid and the self-deprecation that made Chaplin a working class hero for millions of people at the dawn of modernity.
Great restoration. On the few medium shots of Chaplin, the image is so sharp and crisp. Fantastic that his earliest work can be remastered using different partial negatives. Love when he uses the coat rack to get to the second floor.
The common man's Nijinsky! Cosmo Kramer is his grand-nephew. I wonder, too, if this was an influence on Scorsese's After Hours. Remember Teri Garr's clock? Wonderful, improvised-feeling tango score by Carl Davis (six steps forward, six steps back) with Debussy and other witty nods. Here's Davis on scoring the Mutuals: https://silentlondon.co.uk/2015/04/16/music-for-charlie-chaplin-carl-davis-on-scoring-the-mutuals/
Great print! Remember when drunkenness and slapstick were funny? It wasn't that long ago. Chevy Chase and Jim Carrey did the slapstick. Dudley Moore, Foster Brooks, Dean Martin and Dick Van Dyke played the drunk. It's a different time. The drunk stuff doesn't seems as funny anymore. There may be a time in the future when it comes back.