The Righteous Tramp: Part III

The Kid and the outlines of a secular socialist morality in the universe of the Little Tramp

To see the The Kid, go here (note: this is the original release cut of the film, containing scenes Chaplin later removed). To read Part I of this essay, go here; Part II here.

In the span of seven short years at the dawn of a new art form, Charlie Chaplin had intuited hitherto inconceivable dimensions for film comedy. As the years of his short-making ‘…

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