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The Kid is a 1921 American silent film written, produced, and directed by Charlie Chaplin, and features Jackie Coogan as his adopted son and sidekick. This was Chaplin’s first full-length film as a director, and it was a huge success. In 2011, it was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.” Innovative in its combination of comedic and dramatic elements, The Kid is widely considered one of the greatest films of the silent era.
An unwed woman (Edna Purviance) leaves a charity hospital carrying her newborn son. An artist, the apparent father, is shown with the woman’s photograph. When it falls into the fireplace, he first picks it up, then throws it back in to burn…
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