Chaplin's Essanay Comedies Vol. 2: The Bank (silent)

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Released 1915

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Director:
Charles Chaplin
Released:
1915
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Chaplin's Essanay Comedies Vol. 2: The Bank (silent) is a historic film in the landscape of early Hollywood and the precursor to many fish-out-of-water and trading-places comedies. A banking executive (Charlie Chaplin) shows up to work dressed in a crisp suit only to open a series of vaults and retrieve a janitor's uniform with a mop and bucket. With his true identity as a custodian now clear, he makes his way back into the bank where the real fun begins. The film provides a break from the style of previous silent comedies by allowing its star to abandon standard acting conventions and embrace his own unique talents for slapstick physicality and pantomime. Any Chaplin film provides a nostalgic charm and an insight into a true creative innovator, but The Bank also provides a special window into a crucial time of transformation and experimentation in the iconic comedian's career. Chaplin stars in and directs this 1915 film, which has a runtime of 26 minutes.moreless

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