After watching The Gold Rush, compare the content and style with modern comedy. Focus on the physicality of the performers and the filmmaking and not on the fact that modern comedy relies upon speech. Are there physical comedians today that can compare to Chaplin? Do modern comedies have the same blend of comedy and romance? Do you feel the humor of the silent comedies holds up and why or why not?

Use specific vocabulary and concepts we learned to describe what you’re seeing and intended effect on the viewer.

Respond to at least one of your classmates.

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