The Gold Rush (the original 1925 version) is making its way around the country in a 35 mm print from Janus Films, in collaboration with the Cineteca di Bologna and the Chaplin estate. Because Chaplin rereleased this silent comic masterpiece in 1942 with a soundtrack—including voice-over narration and a musical score—this version has long been unavailable. Thanks to the restoration efforts of Kevin Brownlow and David Gill and further improvements by Criterion’s technical department, it’s been spiffed up and is looking better than ever. Viewers in Lake Park, Florida, can catch The Gold Rush this week at the Mos’Art Theatre; those in other places should keep an eye out in the coming weeks, as it will travel to towns in Delaware, New York, Illinois, and elsewhere. In the meantime, check out this iconic bit of comedy from the Little Tramp.
Two Stark Visions of the American Underbelly Hit the Big Screen
A new restoration of the groundbreaking vérité documentary Streetwise joins its companion piece, Tiny: the Life of Eric Blackwell, at New York’s Metrograph theater this weekend.