[Criterion] “The Gold Rush” (1925)/”This Is Spinal Tap” (1984)

The Gold Rush This Is Spinal Tap

Charles Chaplin’s “The Gold Rush” (1925, Criterion Collection #615) gave us the famous roll dance (so popular, legend has it, that it was shown a second time immediately after it happened at the film’s Berlin premiere), one of many memorable scenes of silent comedy in this very entertaining movie. Watching it on the big screen made me feel like being in a motion picture house some 90 years ago, although I wish I could have tapped the piano player on the shoulder and tell him to maybe play something else for a change. (Not sure how true to the intended score the music in the Netflix version is, but it got very repetitive and kinda annoying pretty fast.) No big deal, though, it’s the images that will last. (4 stars)

Rob Reiner’s “This Is Spinal Tap” (1984, #12) is the first film in my Criterion marathon that I had seen before, but that was a good decade ago, so I was happy and eager to revisit it. It was just as funny as I remembered it, but what I had kinda forgotten was that the songs the band (and in reality the actors) plays are actually quite enjoyable! In the movie Spinal Tap is presented as way past their prime, but if they had reflected that in the performances this wouldn’t be nearly as entertaining (and rewatchable) as it is. (10 out of 11 stars)

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