More than machinery we need humanity. More than cleverness, we need kindness and gentleness. Without these qualities, life will be violent and all will be lost. The aeroplane and the radio have brought us closer together. The very nature of these inventions cries out for the goodness in man; cries out for universal brotherhood; for the unity of us all.
-The greatest speech, by Charlie Chaplin in The Great Dictator
My love for Chaplin came from a blanket we owned when I was younger. It had Chaplin, Laurel and Hardy, The Marx Brothers, and other old comedians on it. That blanket made me check out books from the library. I fell in love with The Tramp before I had even watched him on film. And when I finally did, my love was totally justified. I am thankful for #Criterion’s beautiful restorations of these Chaplin classics. I have Monseiur Verdoux as well, but these ones here show Chaplin at his cinematic best. #goldrush #citylights #moderntimes #greatdictator #CharlieChaplin (at The Fortress of Solitude)