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Charlie Chaplin's evolving talent seen in 'Chaplin's Mutual Comedies'
Charlie Chaplin's evolving talent seen in 'Chaplin's Mutual Comedies'

Watching the new Blu-ray/DVD set "Chaplin's Mutual Comedies" is a revelation because one can witness a master filmmaker coming of age. Charlie Chaplin introduced his beloved, baggy-panted Tramp in 1914 while at Mack Sennett's Keystone Studios. In the dozen shorts made in 1916 and '17 at Mutual, the Tramp evolved from a slapstick-driven character to a three-dimensional, complex individual filled with humor, pathos and humanity. These comedies lay the groundwork for his feature film masterpieces including 1925's "The Gold Rush" and 1931's "City Lights." "In those 12 films, you realize by watching them Chaplin is moving from the...

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