Margarette's Feast | Chicago Reader

Margarette's Feast

Brazilian cinematographer Renato Falcao makes his directing debut with this modern-day evocation of Chaplin's silent features, shot in black and white and told without dialogue or intertitles. The obvious antecedent to this fanciful anachronism is Mel Brooks's Silent Movie (1976), though Brooks was interested only in the slapstick and sight gags and Falcao seems more drawn to Chaplin's pathos and politics. The hero (Hique Gomez) presides over a communal family in a makeshift house by the river, and after losing his factory job he finds a suitcase full of money that propels him through a series of adventures. In contrast to its Hollywood models, this 2002 film is often weirdly underlit or filmed from high angles, and the actors' prenaturalistic mugging and emoting alienates as often as it charms. 80 min.

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