Tillie's Punctured Romance1914
Tillie's Punctured Romance (1914)
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as Tillie Banks
as Uncle Douglas Banks
as John Banks, Tillie's Father
as Mr. Whoozis, Friend of John Banks
as Restaurant Owner
as A Guest
as A small child
Critic Reviews for Tillie's Punctured Romance
The picture runs a trifle too long, but the hilarious, hip-hurrah comedy finale is worth waiting for.
... 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...
The first feature-length comedy film, and one of the unfunniest films ever made.
The frame is always static but the agitation within keeps getting cranked up into combustion
Particularly noteworthy as featuring early Chaplin tramp character, but not as funny as later Chaplin work.
Audience Reviews for Tillie's Punctured Romance
This is an example of a movie that has historical significance, but whose content is so dated that it's tough to sit through. I'm not saying the movie's humor is lowbrow, but if you drank a shot every time someone was kicked in the butt or slapped in the face, you'd be drunk pretty quickly. Charlie Chaplin has an endearing way of moving his body, and his comedic antics are occasionally amusing even in the role of the 'bad guy', but I was much less enchanted by Marie Dressler. There's also not a lot to recommend in the plot, and it ends up feeling like silly slapstick drawn out to 82 minutes. D.W. Griffith had directed the highly controversial epic 'Birth of a Nation', and Mack Sennett was trying to match him by creating the first "feature length" comedy film - but long does not necessarily mean good.
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.
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.
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