1921 *****
Original 1921 Cut runs 68 mins.
1971 re-issue with new score runs 50 mins.

As time progresses, few film age as well as Charles Chaplin's The Kid. We all know the tale of the Tramp who finds an abandoned baby in an alley and takes him in to raise as his own, but knowing isn't experiencing. It's a simple film, the first feature-length film directed by Chaplin. It's full of classic, hilarious moments, and plenty of heart-wrenching, tear-jerking moments. Chaplin re-released the film in 1971, excising a few scenes that he felt slowed the narrative down. I beg to differ, preferring the more complete 68 minute cut. If you're lucky enough to find the 1993 laserdisc or the 2000 DVD, then you can have the 68 minute cut with Chaplin's 1971 score tailored to fit the additional scenes. It really is the best of both worlds, and the best way to experience this one-of-a-kind classic.
Original theatrical aspect ratio: 1.37:1
Not Rated.

Carl Miller + Edna Purviance + Jackie Coogan + Charlie Chaplin

Written and Directed by
Charles Chaplin


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