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ROLE REVERSAL FILMS REFLECT CHANGES IN SOCIETY

by Paul Butler

movie gold rushCinema comedy and universal issues have always gone together. Charlie Chaplin may be the most enduring symbol of cinema’s tragicomic dimensions. His tramp figure was entirely sympathetic, and his hunger and homelessness were often grittily realistic as well as funny. The famous boot-eating episode in The Gold Rush (1925) was based on a real-life case of gold prospectors who were forced by starvation to eat their own moccasins. Chaplin’s tramp was a distillation of people’s experience of a harsh and unjust world and their own place in it....

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