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September 8, 2016
A brilliant Charlie Chaplin short film of 30 minutes. This is the first film with his brother Sydney and the first in his contract with First National. Despite this length, it gave me more laughs than 100 hours of modern sitcom comedy. The early genius of Chaplin in conceptualizing these gags and a plot within such a short duration is fascinating. The dog tail wagging scene is hysterical!
July 9, 2016
The thought and choreography put into
Chaplin's scenes are unmatched in most modern cinema. Take for example the employment line skit. The effort and timing across 10 different actors to build up and finish the scene would typically not be attempted today, but Chaplin pulled it off 10 times per film.
Super Reviewer
October 5, 2015
Chaplin delivers a very well-inspired and hilarious 3-reel silent that has one classic scene after another - and the one in which he tries to get his money back in the ballroom is the funniest.
December 26, 2014
Não é o meu filme favorito de Chaplin mas, mesmo assim, repleto de humor e com muito poucas frases a aparecer ao longo do filme, como é seu apanágio.
Para mim, a parte mais engraçada foi quando ele tentou reaver o seu dinheiro no salão de baile :)

Desta vez, não temos uma criança como parceiro de Chaplin mas sim, um cão.

Além disso, acho interessante referir que o homem da roulote de comida é na realidade irmão de Chaplin,Syd Chaplin. ;)
½ November 24, 2014
charlies first 3 reeler
October 7, 2014
A great visual/physical comedy movie, produced, directed by, written by and starring the greatest comedic actor of all time, Charlie Chaplin. He pretty much invented physical comedy for the silver screen, and also perfected it.

It is amazing to see the creativity displayed by Chaplin in some of his sight gags. Not only to think of the scene, but also to make it and act it out. Simply astonishing some of the stuff he came up with. Plus, it all fits in with the plot of the movie. It's not just a random scene slotted in gratuitously.

So many brilliant, laugh-out-loud moments. Also amazing to see what you can achieve cinematically when you don't have the "luxury" of sound.

Chaplin's performance as the Tramp is superb, of course. However, he is given a run for his money by a dog...
August 26, 2014
Charlie Chaplin's A Dog's Life is just one of many masterpieces in the silent film library. It's the classic Tramp character being wacky and silly, but this time around, he is joined by a dog, and later on, a love interest. It's true that a lot of Chaplin's biggest successes feature a lot of the same key elements and a lot of the same outcomes, but that's what makes them so enjoyable. I guess you have the enjoy the character and want to follow along with him into whatever mischief he gets himself into to appreciate it. It's not one of his best films, in my opinion, but it is one of his most noted silent era works. It's enjoyable, if a bit tired in formula.
August 18, 2014
This sweet hearted early short film by the legendary Charles Chaplin is a classic mix between drama and comedy. In only about forty minutes the audience is treated to some of the shenanigans of the Tramp as he rescues a stray dog, subsequently taking care of it while later trying to woo a love interest. I found it funny and keeping with Chaplin's classic humor that would become a trademark of his work throughout his silent film years.
Super Reviewer
August 1, 2013
Charlie and the dog Scraps live similar lives on the streets. There are some laugh out loud slapstick routines, but by and large it didn't tug at my heartstrings as much. Do you find Chaplin co-starring with a kid or a dog more pathetic? The dog seems sadly anesthetized in several scenes. Chaplin's brother Syd appears as a lunchwagon owner in a great scene. Edna Purviance is a naive singer at the bar where all the poor immigrants hang out. She sings sad songs and is incredibly awkward trying to flirt with the Tramp. Eventually, the Tramp and Scraps find cash in a wallet stolen by a pair of thieves, then the thieves steal it back. The best bit is when our hero knocks out one thief and thrusts his arms under the thief's armpits to act out a scene that will convince the other thief to give up the money. I enjoy the fact that very few title cards are necessary when Chaplin is telling a story.
½ April 22, 2013
It was an okay film. It wasn't the best Charlie Chaplin film but it wasn't the worst film either. It had it's moments. I liked the begging where Chaplin kept rolling back and fourth under the fence to get away from the police officer.
January 2, 2013
Dated gags -- not funny at all, and totally forgettable, but it's Charlie Chaplin as The Tramp, ''who shambles around the cold, cruel world with his dog Scraps,'' with a dash of romance, and it's only about 35 minutes long. A warm-up to his later classics. It's fine if you don't like it, but it probably means you're a hate-filled sadist and fuck you.

P.S: My least favourite Chaplin film so far, though (lol).
½ August 31, 2012
A little more vaudevillian than his later works, "A Dog's Life" is a classic entry in the life of Chaplin's "Tramp". In fact, much of this short film (in terms of themes and motifs) were used by Chaplin time and time again throughout his directing career.
½ May 1, 2012
Ridiculously funny. Classic and simple.
Super Reviewer
½ April 14, 2012
A very fast paced silent three-reeler from the legendary Charles Chaplin, it was also the first film ever to make a million dollars upon it's release! The film follows Chaplin as a tramp who saves a poor pup named Scraps and the two form a friendship and stick together. Scraps eventually finds and digs up a wallet that a local thief has stashed in the ground near the tramp's sleeping lot (literally an abandoned lot) and makes the tramp rich. Of course a couple other thugs oversee the tramp's new fortune and decide to steal it from him and split it for themselves. Along with a down and out girl named Edna and Scraps, the tramp sets out to get his money back and eventually ends up escaping the madness and confusion of the local bar and leave with Edna and Scraps. The film then cuts to the future where Edna and the tramp have their own little farm and home along with Scraps who has a litter of pups alongside her. This is a very fun and touching short and Chaplin shows his perfect metronome like timing and physical flexibility and skill. Not to be missed is the performance that the pup who plays Scraps gives as she puts up with a lot of the tramps antics and is highly trained. This is a great early look at Chaplin's style and skill and a fun watch, keep an eye out for his stunningly accurate and timed editing throughout as well!
½ February 27, 2012
95%

One of Charlie's most lovable qualities is his ability to interact with everything from inanimate objects to animals to people in such a uniquely charming way. He showcases that ability (the middle part mostly) in A Dog's Life when the Tramp acquires a new canine pal that brings his life into perspective, and even helps him land a girl and a peaceful and fulfilling life.

A Dog's Lie is an extremely cute and amusing short with Charlie in his best comedy shape. His chemistry with the dog is adorable and the story is fun and entertaining. It's not really a hilarious film, but it has so many brilliant moments that gives you a glimpse into Chaplin's genius as a physical comedian. There's one scene where he has a conversation with a man only using his hand. Only Charles Chaplin could pull that off. And he does. Brilliantly so. There are lots of other great and brilliant funny moments, and the entire experience is good fun and simply happy-tear-jerking . And of course, another heart-melting ending, just as everything you'd expect from the master of heart-melting endings.

Oh, and on a side note, this is first film where Charlie appears with his brother Sydney, and the chemistry between the two is magical.
January 13, 2012
Chaplin's first "three-reeler". Chaplin is great in this. The story is good, too.
January 11, 2012
So, after watching only 3 of his films, I've come to the conclusion that Chaplin can do no wrong. He and his movies are just too lovable. I mean, yes, this one and Pay Day aren't full length features, but they're still great fun (Modern Times is prolly gonna stay my favorite til I finally see The Great Dictator or City Lights). Some great symbolism and metaphors in this movie between him and the dog. Some fun facts: they looked for several dogs to play the role of Scraps, but they ended up just finding this stray and using it. Charlie befriended the dog and ended up keeping him. This is his 1st 3 reel film (which makes it about 30 mins). The studio, for which this was his first movie, paid him an unprecedented $1 million...that's uhh, a lot of mula for 1918!
January 9, 2012
Monday, January 9, 2012

(1918) A Dog's Life
SILENT COMEDY

Very amusing Charles Chaplin short clocking in at 33 minutes dwelling on him bonding with a stray dog. The sight gags are ingenious and influential especially toward two muggers at a drinking bar.

3 out of 4
January 7, 2012
Charlie was a genius as always
½ December 23, 2011
Muutama todella hauska kohtaus.
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