Modern silent films like The Artist and Call of Cthulhu have proven that there is still life in the medium, but one man remains the most famous and daring of all the practitioners of the craft: Charlie Chaplin. The film he most wanted to be remembered for is The Gold Rush, which he shot in 1925. The movie follows Chaplin’s most famous character, The Little Tramp, as he seeks fortune and love in Alaska during the Klondike Gold Rush at the end of the 19th century. Historically, it was a time when some became millionaires overnight, but the majority found nothing but toil in the wilderness. Like most of Chaplin’s work, Gold Rush is full of slapstick and humor, but maintains a subtle pathos and longing among dismal settings that give the film a deeper meaning. The Little Tramp stumbles through a world of crazed greed and spite with his customary good cheer, and, as usual, his gentle heart sees him through. Many consider The Gold Rush to be one of the best films of one of the greatest stars ever. 7 p.m. 14 Pews, 800 Aurora Street. For information, call 281-888-9677 or visit www.14pews.org. $10.
Mon., March 5, 7 p.m., 2012