• As you can see in this short special feature from Criterion’s release of The Great Dictator (out next week on Blu-ray and DVD), which compares Charles Chaplin’s 1940 masterpiece with his brother Syd Chaplin’s 1921 silent comedy King, Queen, Joker, both Chaplin siblings were captivated by shaving scenes set in barbershops. Watch how their techniques converge; it’s all in the wrist.

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  • By Daniel Brown
    April 30, 2016
    09:17 PM

    Frankly, Charlie is much better at the scene. More fluid movements, much less fiddly on the shaving, and his customer isn't squirming around like the other guy. I'd pay him for a shave and cut!