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Nov 15

Kid Auto Races At Venice

Kid Auto Races At VeniceIn celebration of Sebastian Vettel becoming Formula One’s youngest world champion of all time, I thought it would be nice to have a movie about motor racing. So for some reason, I thought about Charlie Chaplin.

Chaplin’s second film, Kid Auto Races At Venice, was the film in which he debuted his “Little Tramp” character. It was released on February 7th 1914, and it’s interesting to compare this to his later works – City Lights, The Kid and The GoldRush for example – to see just how much further Chaplin took the process of film making.

It’s also interesting to note how closely Chaplin can interact with the racing cars. Can you imagine such a thing happening in Formula One today? This of course, was years before motorsport’s worst day – the 1955 Le Mans disaster.

Anyway, you can view this little piece of cinema history online at the Internet Archive, or download for later viewing. (There is actually another version on the site that is a better copy, but it is missing the ending.)

Note: copyright restrictions may apply if you are outside the United States. Please check the site for international usage details.

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