The Kid The Kid

The Kid

Charlie Chaplin

 
The Kid (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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  • United States
  • 1921
  • 53 minutes
  • Black and White
  • 1.33:1
  • English
  •  
  • Spine #799

Charlie Chaplin was already an international star when he decided to break out of the short-film format and make his first full-length feature. The Kid doesn’t merely show Chaplin at a turning point, when he proved that he was a serious film director—it remains an expressive masterwork of silent cinema. In it, he stars as his lovable Tramp character, this time raising an orphan (a remarkable young Jackie Coogan) he has rescued from the streets. Chaplin and Coogan make a miraculous pair in this nimble marriage of sentiment and slapstick, a film that is, as its opening title card states, “a picture with a smile—and perhaps, a tear.”

Cast

The ManCarl Miller
The WomanEdna Purviance
The ChildJack Coogan
A TrampCharlie Chaplin
Professor Guido/Shelter proprietorHenry Bergman
PolicemanTom Wilson
Policeman's wifeMay White
BullyCharles Reisner
Bully's kid brotherRaymond Lee
Country doctorJules Hanft
Welfare officerFrank Campeau
Assistant to welfare officerFrank Blinn
Orphan asylum driverEdward Biby
Pickpocket/DevilJack Coogan Sr.
Flirtatious angelLita Grey
Abandoned newbornSilas Hathaway
Woman with pramMinnie Stearns
Older man in studioGranville Redmond

Credits

DirectorCharlie Chaplin
Written and produced byCharlie Chaplin
Music composed byCharlie Chaplin
Music associateEric James
Music orchestrated and conducted byEric Rogers
CinematographyRoland “Rollie” Totheroh
EditorCharlie Chaplin
Production designerCharles D. Hall
Assistant cameraJack Wilson and H. Wenger

Disc Features

  • New 4K digital restoration of Charlie Chaplin’s 1972 rerelease version of the film, featuring an original score by Chaplin, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • New audio commentary featuring Chaplin historian Charles Maland
  • Jackie Coogan: The First Child Star, a new video essay by Chaplin historian Lisa Haven
  • A Study in Undercranking, a new program featuring silent-film specialist Ben Model
  • Interviews with Coogan and actor Lita Grey Chaplin
  • Excerpted audio interviews with cinematographer Rollie Totheroh and film distributor Mo Rothman
  • Deleted scenes and titles from the original 1921 version of The Kid
  • “Charlie” on the Ocean, a 1921 newsreel documenting Chaplin’s first return trip to Europe
  • Footage of Chaplin conducting his score for The Kid
  • Nice and Friendly, a 1922 silent short featuring Chaplin and Coogan, presented with a new score by composer Timothy Brock
  • Trailers
  • PLUS: An essay by film scholar Tom Gunning

    New cover by F. Ron Miller

Film Essays

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The Kid: The Grail of Laughter and the Fallen Angel

By Tom Gunning February 18, 2016

The Kid marked Charlie Chaplin’s wholehearted embrace of sentiment, which he intertwined with the slapstick he was known for to enrich his Tramp character and carry the narrative of . . . Read more »

Interviews

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Timothy Brock on Restoring Charlie Chaplin’s Sound

By Hillary Weston May 26, 2016

Last week, conductor and composer Timothy Brock led the New York Philharmonic in a live orchestral performance of the score to Charlie Chaplin’s 1931 film City Lights. The next day, he stopped . . . Read more »


Video

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Anna Karina’s Closet Picks

May 06, 2016

Yesterday, we had the great honor of hosting the incomparable Anna Karina. Read more »


Features

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The Many Kids of Charlie Chaplin

By Stephen Winer March 03, 2016

By the time Charlie Chaplin began work on what would be his first feature-length film, in 1919, he had been sneaking up to the longer format for some time. Read more »


Video

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Jackie Coogan’s Star Turn

February 22, 2016

Although he wasn’t the first child actor to gain recognition, Jackie Coogan outstripped all his peers in popularity when, at the tender age of six, he starred opposite Charlie Chaplin in the . . . Read more »


Film Essays

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The Kid: The Grail of Laughter and the Fallen Angel

By Tom Gunning February 18, 2016

The Kid marked Charlie Chaplin’s wholehearted embrace of sentiment, which he intertwined with the slapstick he was known for to enrich his Tramp character and carry the narrative of . . . Read more »


Clippings

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On Location with Charlie Chaplin

February 17, 2016

Charlie Chaplin’s 1921 masterpiece of silent cinema, The Kid, is now available on Blu-ray and DVD. In this film, his feature-length directorial debut, Chaplin stars as his already iconic Tramp . . . Read more »

Other Editions

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