Director: Gene Kelly
Writers: Jackie Gleason; John Patrick; A. J. Russell
Keywords: Drama, Comedy
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Review by anonymous (posted on 7-Nov-2006)
I have seen this film at least twice, maybe more, and even though I know what is coming I always cry at the point in the film where Gigot becomes frustrated & starts hitting himself. You can actually feel his desperation. It takes a great deal for me to cry as I am not the emotional type but you can't help yourself it is that moving. It will convince you, if you didn't already know, that Jackie Gleason can ACT!!! He never says a word during the whole film. His abilities, this story, which he wrote, & his talent is amazing. He connects the sentiments, feeling, & sweetness seemlessly without so much as a peep. If fact, his muteness is the means by which he attaches you to the story & character. Uncluttered by words, Gleason pulls you inside this film, little by little, until you become completely immersed, feeling what he feels, discovering as he discovers. The description may seem a bit sappy at first but viewing it you never feel as though it is overly sentimental or plays to your emotions. This masterpiece should not be overlooked. If you see it you won't forget it. In my opinion it is the single best film ever made. I know some describe it as Chaplin like in its pathos but I believe Gleason takes it to a completely different level. Chaplin was much more comedic & entertained you with his antics & slapstick. Gleason is much more dramatic & draws you inside his character. I've heard that Gleason's mother lost her husband or son to disease or something like that at a young age & therefore wouldn't allow Jackie outside the house. So, he learned to entertain & make believe on his own. I don't know if thats true or not but, if that is the case it might help explain his remarkable ability to act so convincingly. I understand that this film was heavily cut by the studio which is a tragedy. I would love to see what might have been left out. Nevertheless, you may not agree with my assessment completely but I think you will find this film marvelous, particularly if you like great acting.
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