in about 100 words or less
US 16m, B&W, Silent
Director: Charlie Chaplin; Cast: Charles Chaplin, Edgar Kennedy, Minta Durfee, Alice Davenport, Glen Cavender, Billy Gilbert, Chester Conklin
Cruel, Cruel Love is a peek into the pre-tramp day’s of Chaplin’s career, and though only nine of the sixteen minutes of this Keystone short is known to exist, it’s pretty clear that this comic farce is a take on Romeo and Juliet. After mistakenly thinking that his girl was interested in another man, Charlie attempts to poison himself and is transported into a dream sequence in which he finds himself engulfed in flames and tormented by pitchfork wielding devils. This is a wild and unrefined Chaplin who his yet to find his comic style (Klaus Ming December 2016).