Introduced by Geraldine Chaplin

In Charlie Chaplin’s poignant debut feature, the Little Tramp (Chaplin) cares for an orphan (Jackie Coogan). After a few years they make their living together as a team, but the relationship is put in jeopardy when a social worker tries to take the boy away. Chaplin was already famous when this film was released, and it made child actor Coogan an international celebrity. Many critics consider this to be Chaplin’s most personal film.

Geraldine Leigh Chaplin (born 1944) was born in California to Oona Chaplin (née O'Neill) and legendary entertainer Charles Chaplin. She is a granddaughter of playwright Eugene O’Neill and a great-granddaughter of stage actor James O’Neill. She attended the Royal Ballet Academy in London. She was discovered by David Lean when she was dancing in Paris, which led to her role in Doctor Zhivago (1965). She has acted in more than 140 films and numerous television productions. Nominated twice for Golden Globes, she has received multiple awards including the prestigious Goya Award, and prizes at film festivals in Munich, Paris, Sitges, Málaga, and Funchal.


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Director
Charles Chaplin
Released
1921
Language
silent with musical soundtrack
Country
USA
Running Time
68 minutes
Format
35mm, B/W