Archive for April 25, 2021

The Sunday Intertitle: Wifie’s Away

Posted in FILM with tags , , on April 25, 2021 by dcairns

Fiona is actually “out with the girls” today, a very short separation but one which feels quite substantial in these in-between-lockdown days.

BY THE SEA is the one Chaplin short made when he was between studios — though still working for Essanay, he departed Niles, California for Hollywood before he had anywhere set up to shoot in, so this was an all-location romp. The seaside makes a nice alternative to the regular park. This was Chaplin’s second change of studio in four months, indicating that, as he later wrote, he just didn’t feel at home with Essanay. For all its constraints, Keystone had a structure that must have been somewhat reassuring.

The film was released April 29th so I hope to get my piece up on that day, a hundred and six years later admittedly, but Chaplin had a head start.