Charles Chaplin “Gas esilarante” o “Charlot dentista”; Scen.: Charles Chaplin; F.: Frank D. Williams; Int.: Charles Chaplin (assistente del dentista), Fritz Shade (dentista), Alice Howell (moglie del dentista), Joseph Sutherland (assistente), George Slim Summerville (paziente), Joseph Swickard (altro paziente), Mack Swain (terzo paziente); Prod.: Keystone Film Company; 35mm. L.: 311 m. D.: 15’ a 18 f/s. Imbibito.

T. it.: Italian title. T. int.: International title. T. alt.: Alternative title. Sog.: Story. Scen.: Screenplay. F.: Cinematography. M.: Editing. Scgf.: Set Design. Mus.: Music. Int.: Cast. Prod.: Production Company. L.: Length. D.: Running Time. f/s: Frames per second. Bn.: Black e White. Col.: Color. Da: Print source

Film Notes

Laughing Gas is one of Chaplin’s most anarchic early films: a whole-sale mockery of order, dignity, and respectability. It is easy and misleading to see the film’s violence as much of a muchness. Actually we are shown a variety of violent acts, and, more importantly, a variety of motives for them that reveal Charlie’s attitudes to other characters.

Harry M. Geduld, Chapliniana. Volume I: The Keystone Films, Indiana University Press, Bloomington & Indianapolis, 1987

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Print restored in 2003 by the Cineteca di Bologna, BFI, and Lobster Film, at L’ Immagine Ritrovata laboratory, using a tinted positive nitrate print lacking intertitles, held by the Finnish Film Archive. English intertitles have been reconstructed