Il monello (film di Charlie Chaplin del 1921)

Un film realizzato quando ancora non esisteva il sonoro, IL MONELLO, opera prima di Sir Charles Chaplin, è strutturato come una commedia capace di emozionare e far riflettere al contempo. La pellicola, realizzata nel 1921, è stata prodotta, diretta ed interpretata dal celeberrimo cineasta inglese. Lo stile a metà tra il comico ed il drammatico diverrà un marchio di fabbrica di Chaplin. Inoltre l’autore ha avuto l’intuizione, tipica di un genio, di sfruttare le capacità degli attori bambini, nella fattispecie Jackie Coogan, destinato ad una carriera di livello assoluto.

La vicenda inizia con una donna che, a causa della propria indigenza, è costretta ad abbandonare il figlio appena dato alla luce lasciandolo all’interno di un’automobile di lusso. 2 malviventi rubano il mezzo e gettano nell’immondizia un fagotto contenente il neonato. Ma sarà un vagabondo, Charlot, a trovarlo. In principio se ne vorrebbe liberare ma, a causa di una lettera contenuta nel fagotto, decide di tenerlo con sé. Il bambino cresce insieme al vagabondo ed entrambi cercheranno di sopravvivere, combinandone di tutti i colori. La madre nel frattempo è divenuta un’attrice di successo, anche se la gloria viene adombrata dal rimorso per aver abbandonato il figlio. Ma il destino ha in serbo qualcosa di speciale.

Un classico del cinema di ogni tempo, la cui mancanza di dialoghi viene sopperita dalla straordinaria espressività dei protagonisti. IL MONELLO è un film per veri intenditori.

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