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Tillie's Punctured Romance

Tillie's Punctured Romance (1914)

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This Keystone comedy, Charlie Chaplin's 33rd, is the first feature-length comedy ever made and contributed to making Chaplin and his co-star Marie Dressler major stars. Chaplin plays a con artist (not the Tramp) who talks Tillie, an innocent country lass, into taking her father's savings and running off to the city with him. Once there, he re-establishes his affair with the beautiful Mabel Normand, abandoning Tillie, who must begin working at a restaurant, while Charlie and Mabel spend her

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Classics, Comedy

Aug 24, 1999

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The picture runs a trifle too long, but the hilarious, hip-hurrah comedy finale is worth waiting for.

June 11, 2008 Full Review Source: Variety
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... it's very much a Keystone Komedy: the same simple visual style, the same pratfall gags, even the Keystone Kops pouring in for the finale...

November 4, 2010 Full Review Source: Parallax View
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The first feature-length comedy film, and one of the unfunniest films ever made.

October 2, 2009 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

The frame is always static but the agitation within keeps getting cranked up into combustion

September 25, 2009 Full Review Source: CinePassion
CinePassion

Particularly noteworthy as featuring early Chaplin tramp character, but not as funny as later Chaplin work.

November 3, 2007
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Museum piece slapstick comedy with the Keystone Kops and Charlie Chaplin that spoofs a gold-digger.

March 20, 2007 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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August 12, 2013
spielberg00

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Chaplin has some of the mannerisms and clothes of The Tramp, but there are important differences. He's a money hungry scoundrel. He and partner Mabel Normand as "The Other Girl" are grifters. She's an early example of a mean girl. She calls Marie Dressler an elephant. Dressler is Tillie, a simple country girl with a rich uncle. Dressler's costumes are positively clownish. Chaplin's city rogue flirts with her shamelessly. She's a bit of a klutz and let's loose with her own dance style when she gets drunk for the first time. There's some good slapstick and occasionally the facial contortions in this Mack Sennett flick may make you chuckle, but overall the way it is shot and the plot is not first-rate.
July 11, 2013
hypathio7

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If you want to believe everything Charlie Chaplin touched turned to gold, please avoid this film. The only reason I'm even giving this *two* stars is that it was released so early (1914) that the horrible, flat-footed direction deserves some leniency. Still, facts are facts: director Sennett just plops a camera in front of the stage and records a whole scene. All wide shots, no close-ups. And thus, very little emotional connection with the characters. Chaplin's virtuosic pratfalls are the only memorable feature. Note: The uninitiated should be aware that he is not in his "Little Tramp" guise, and instead plays a shabby con-man out to marry for money. No cane, no derby hat.
December 10, 2009
Eric Broome

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This film is sadly dated, but the onscreen presence of Chaplin is amazingly charismatic. Interesting look for film buffs.
September 8, 2006
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