The Gold Rush
The Gold Rush by Charlie Chaplin was released in 1925 and was voted the 15th greatest film of all time by Entertainment Weekly. With Charlie Chaplin performing his signature character, the Tramp, as a Lone Prospector looking for gold, he manages to run into some hardships while also finding love with a woman named Georgia. In his journey, he runs into another prospector at a cabin (played by McKay), who later in the movie gets amnesia and forgets where the location of the cabin and mountain of gold are. After running into Chaplin at the dance hall, Chaplin is directed to guide him to the cabin that they had previously met. The prospector (McKay) finds his way around with the help of Chaplin to discover the gold, making them both multi-millionaires. Chaplin is still in love with Georgia at this time, and they manage to run into each other coincidentally on board a ship departing from Alaska, as they share a passionate kiss.
One particular scene that is noteworthy and highly recognized is the dancing bread rolls dancing to the Oceana Roll. Chaplin stabs two forks into the French bread rolls and acts as if they are his boots. In this scene, Chaplin is dreaming about entertaining his guests who have come to have dinner with him on New Year’s Eve. This scene is particularly comical and memorable, as it is similarly compared to as a caricature (large head and small body). Chaplin performs his dance as if they were his own boots and his face sitting right above them smiling. During this moment, the camera shot is more close-up to show the details of the motion and create empathy for the character, the Tramp. This scene illustrates his love for Georgia and strong will to appease and entertain her and her guests.
Another particular scene that is intriguing and symbolic is the last scene in the movie where the Tramp is in a photo shoot in his old mining clothes and stumbles off the deck on the lower deck where Georgia is...