Special Effects in "The Gold Rush" Analytical Essay by Master Researcher

Special Effects in "The Gold Rush"
A look at the special effects in the Charlie Chaplin film "The Gold Rush".
# 37317 | 1,150 words | 5 sources | MLA | 2002 | US
Published on Nov 06, 2003 in Film (Analysis, Criticism, Etc.)

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This paper analyzes special effects in Charlie Chaplin's film "The Gold Rush," noting how some of the effects were done and what effect they had on the audience. The paper shows how "The Gold Rush" was a comic masterpiece where the audiences believed every scene and accepted the humor in situations that otherwise would have been starkly dramatic.

From the Paper:

"Charlie Chaplin's 1925 film The Gold Rush delighted audiences with its humor in spite of very grim subject matter, and it also used the special effects of the time to create the illusion of a blizzard and to show the effects of such a storm as well as various comic actions of the main character. The effects added a great deal to the film, including making it seem more realistic, as if it had been filmed in the frozen north when in fact it was not.
"Slapstick comedy was a particularly strong form of silent movie comedy because it did not rely on words but on physicality and on the interaction of performers with the world surrounding them. The slapstick comedian took his cue from the circus clown more than the comic stage actor of the time. Chaplin developed his Tramp character and costumed that character with baggy pants and oversized shoes not unlike the circus clown costume. Chaplin also "was consciously modeling himself on the American tramp" (Musser 43). Chaplin reflected issues of labor and work through this character, but Walter Kerr states that this was a philosophical and not a social statement (Musser 42)."

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