Sunday, August 10, 2014

THE FACE ON THE BARROOM FLOOR, released August 10th, 1914

Chaplin burlesques the poem "The Face Upon The Floor" by Hugh Antoine d'Arcy & uses several lines from the poem as title cards. The film's flashback storytelling technique is unusual for Chaplin (he uses it only twice more in Shoulder Arms & Limelight). It was also an early attempt by to draw sympathy as well as laughter from his audience.

1 comment:

  1. I have a severely truncated version of this short on super 8mm. I used to buy all the super 8mm films at flea markets, especially Chaplin and Our Gang ones. It was truly disturbing to see how chopped up even Chaplin's films were when they were presented for home use on Super 8MM reels.