By the Sea (Charlie by the Sea) (Charlie's Day Out) Reviews
July 22, 2008
Let me be clear about this; I really, really like Charlie Chaplin's feature films. "The Kid", "Modern Times", "City Lights", "The Great Dictator", et cetera, are at once funny, poignant, emotional, well constructed, and sophisticated. Unfortunately, that's more than I can say for "By the Sea", or most of Chaplin's other simple shorts. These rarely consist of anything more than Charlie repeatedly slapping someone in the face, kicking someone in the ass, or tripping someone with his cane. 1915 audiences might have been amused, but this sort of mindless, repetitive slapstick just doesn't age very well, I'm afraid.
August 28, 2010
Another early Chaplin short. I am not impressed with this one either.