Cinema: Quixote with a Bowler

The most familiar image of Charlie Chaplin remains that of the little tramp turning away from the camera, shaking off his disappointments like so much lint and jigging off toward some more benign horizon.

It is a fitting comment on Chaplin's past 20 years. During much of that time he has turned his back on the U.S. He saw his work picketed in the '50s and his verbose new talkie (A Countess from Hong Kong) panned in the '60s. Though such indisputable masterworks as The Gold Rush and Modern Times have been sporadically revived, the...

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