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'Kid Auto Races at Venice' is a 1914 silent film with Charlie Chaplin appearing for the first time as 'The Little Tramp.' Here is a colorized version. (slyt. 6:51) Previous megathread
posted by clavdivs (9 comments total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
via, 'Nineteenth century videos. Back to life.' yt. The 'Metropolis' Dance scene is also worth a look.
posted by clavdivs at 4:22 PM on February 17

oh hey! I just watched Kid Auto Races a week or two ago when it hit the wikipedia front page as the anniversary of the debut of the Tramp character. I appreciate that it exists but there’s not much to it.
I haven’t actually seen anything else of his Keystone stuff and I’m overdue to check them out but can recommend a couple of his Essanay ones I’ve watched recently:

The Bank - he’s a janitor in this one, don’t really feel like I need to say more
A Woman - surprisingly not-as-problematic-as-i-expected-for-its-time gender-bending
A Jitney Elopement - great villain, sags a bit in the middle but the action in the last parts is great

and this one is a little later but I gotta include it because I thought it was great:
The Floorwalker - The Tramp causing some light havoc in a department store.
posted by crime online at 4:39 PM on February 17 [2 favorites]

Title sounds like an AI prompt
posted by Windopaene at 6:19 PM on February 17

In the future everything will sound like an AI prompt.
posted by hippybear at 6:46 PM on February 17 [2 favorites]

... for fifteen minutes?
posted by mhoye at 6:47 PM on February 17 [1 favorite]

a) I love how the people in the background are unabashedly staring at the camera
b) while I appreciate the cleaning up and smoothing of the videos, I'm not sure the blotchy colouring adds much
b) the clickbait title: "Watch as this famous actor does the first-ever photobomb - 100 years ago!"
c) the AI title: "Adolf Hitler reviews parade of armoured cars"
posted by senor biggles at 7:20 PM on February 17 [2 favorites]

lots of blue.

I, see no reason to defend my title though contend that the stage may have four walls to be broken, the internet has at least 11.
posted by clavdivs at 8:54 PM on February 17 [1 favorite]

Metafilter: light havoc
posted by rhizome at 12:16 AM on February 18 [2 favorites]

The colorization is dreadful.
Original version
Cleaned up b/w version
posted by Ideefixe at 7:34 AM on February 18 [3 favorites]

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