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I've been watching a lot of silent comedies recently, and I've got a few new favorites. I think my new favorite Charlie Chaplin movie is The Rink (1916). I think the scene where he mixes the drinks is even better than his "roll dance" from Goldrush (1925). TCM showed several silent comedies recently, which was your favorite? I enjoyed seeing Mabel's Willful Way (1915). So, what are your favorite Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton, or Roscoe Arbuckle films?
Between Buster Keaton and Charlie Chaplin, who is your favorite? With all deep respect due to Mr. Chaplin, for me, it is Buster Keaton. The subtlety, simplicity, and cerebral nature of his humor never fails to elicit a belly laugh from me that comes straight from my core. I am also more sympathetic and empathetic with Buster’s characters than I am with most of Charlie’s characters. Yes, I fully agree with those who suggest that Charlie was, in fact, the greater overall talent, had a greater breadth and depth of work, made more influential and iconic films, had greater longevity, and perhaps, with the co-founding of United Artists, had greater influence over the direction of the US film industry, but strictly based on the criterion of viewing pleasure, I cast my vote for Buster.
I am a big fan of Agatha Christie both as a reader and a movie lover. Which Agatha Christie movies do you love? Some of my big screen favourites are: Murder On the Orient Express Ten Little Indians (original version) Death on the Nile Witness For the Prosecution Evil Under the Sun