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The Immigrant (1917) was a Short Films - Silent Films Film directed by Charlie Chaplin and produced by Charlie Chaplin, Henry P. Caulfield and John Jasper.

The Immigrant was inducted into the National Film Registry in 1998.

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The Immigrant (1917) A Silent Film Review

By Fritzi Kramer on Jan 4, 2015 From Movies Silently

By Fritzi Kramer on January 4, 2015 in Blog, Feature, Silent Movie Review Charlie Chaplin and Edna Purviance play a pair of immigrants fresh off the boat who are trying to make a go of it in the United States. Their obstacles: Snotty waiters, thieving fellow passengers and a very large plate of bean... Read full article


Short Film Saturday: The Immigrant (1917)

By Bernardo Villela on Nov 22, 2014 From The Movie Rat

This is an important short film on a number of levels: In no particular order: it was added to the National Film Registry in 1998, it’s topical yet again and always has been; and it’s a Chaplin film that works as a great intro to his work as an actor, writer and director just to name a f... Read full article


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Charles Chaplin edited the film for four days and nights without sleep in order to release it on schedule.
The scene in which Charles Chaplin''s character kicks an immigration officer was cited later as "evidence" of his anti-Americanism when he was forced to leave the United States during the McCarthy "Red Scare" period in the 1950s.
According to Kevin Brownlow's and David Gill's documentary series Unknown Chaplin, the first scenes to be written and filmed take place in what became the movie's second half, in which the penniless Tramp finds a coin and goes for a meal in a restaurant, not realizing that the coin has fallen out of his pocket. It was not until later that Charles Chaplin decided the reason the Tramp was penniless was that he had just arrived on a boat from Europe, and used this notion as the basis for the first half. Edna Purviance reportedly was required to eat so many plates of beans during the many takes to complete the restaurant sequence (in character as another immigrant who falls in love with Charlie) that she became physically ill.
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The Immigrant

Released 1917
Inducted 1998
(Short, Silent)




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