(Charles Chaplin, US 1918-1922, approx. 89 min.)
The first program of Chaplin’s First National shorts is a snapshot of a career in transition. Chaplin constructed his own studio and slowed the frantic production schedules that had characterized his earlier efforts at Keystone and Mutual. The resulting films are delicate and ambitious in scope. Sunnyside is a gleaming countryside idyll, Pay Day a harrowing comedy of matrimonial terror and inebriation, and Shoulder Arms a sincere and tasteful satire of trench warfare.