Chaplin also aspired to the good will, forgiveness, and camaraderie of the French people. In “The Kid” he is a little boy glimpses through a gap in a fence and sees a murdered man being led out to be shot. When he looks back, the police restrain him. The murderer is sentenced to death, but he is being taken away. After the movie, a police officer stops to help the boy. Though surprised, the policeman says, “We’ll get another kid like you at the next corner.” Harmony and forgiveness are not lost on me, and I hope they are not lost on the jurors.
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Chaplin and the other silent filmmakers knew no national boundaries. Their films went everywhere without regard for language, and talkies were like the Tower of Babel, building walls between nations. I witnessed the universality of Chaplin's art in one of my most treasured experiences as a moviegoer, in 1972, in Venice, where all of Chaplin's films were shown at the film festival.
The silent movie era was a time when proverbs were well crafted to weave the complex feelings of mid-twentieth century life into a narrative. Like the Psalms on the mountaintop, apropos of the times here, written words aimed at the masses rolled off the tongue and into the ears of the spectators. d2c66b5586