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Charlie Chaplin - amazing man, ahead of his time.


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It's from the Great Dictator - made in 1940, a scathing critique and parody of Hitler. He was ahead of his time even then, as he was condemned in the U.S. for making that film.

yes, it is from that film. he took a stand and made that film. good on him.

Charlie Chaplin was many things - an amazing actor, filmmaker, and, yes, person. Try watching Modern Times if you've not - it's one of the best films I've ever seen.

a very talented man.

Didn't he also write the song "Smile". A worldwide seller, yet another string to his bow.

yes he did, and what a great song.

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Great thread..

I consider Chaplin the single most important figure in film... definately Silent film..

I've been an admirer since I was 8 or 9.

On Sunday nights, Channel 27 in Worcestor Mass. used to show the early Keystone, Essanay,

and Mutual shorts (which were from 1914-1917)

He took the early primitive pie throwing Keystone slapstick and turned it into an art form in just over a year..

incorporating comedy, drama and survival.

He was the first on so many levels.. and the last to abandon silent movies. The Jazz Singer was released in 1927, Modern Times was released in 1936... Silent film was all but dead by that point.

Nobody else has had the artistic control over their movies that Chaplin had either.

He starred in, wrote, directed, produced, financed .... and scored his later films....

He was world famous on a whole different level.... there is no language barrier with silent film.

Plus, he used his celebrity to try to better the world.. what more could anyone ask.

Nobody comes close in my book.

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Great thread..

I consider Chaplin the single most important figure in film... definately Silent film..

I've been an admirer since I was 8 or 9.

On Sunday nights, Channel 27 in Worcestor Mass. used to show the early Keystone, Essanay,

and Mutual shorts (which were from 1914-1917)

He took the early primitive pie throwing Keystone slapstick and turned it into an art form in just over a year..

incorporating comedy, drama and survival.

He was the first on so many levels.. and the last to abandon silent movies. The Jazz Singer was released in 1927, Modern Times was released in 1936... Silent film was all but dead by that point.

Nobody else has had the artistic control over their movies that Chaplin had either.

He starred in, wrote, directed, produced, financed .... and scored his later films....

He was world famous on a whole different level.... there is no language barrier with silent film.

Plus, he used his celebrity to try to better the world.. what more could anyone ask.

Nobody comes close in my book.

:goodpost::you_rock:

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Was watching 'Pawn Stars' and someone brought in a little wind up toy of Chaplin. It was so cool as his cane spun around and it vibrated which made him move on his feet. I think it was valued at about $1,000. :^)

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Was watching 'Pawn Stars' and someone brought in a little wind up toy of Chaplin. It was so cool as his cane spun around and it vibrated which made him move on his feet. I think it was valued at about $1,000. :^)

that would be cool to have :)

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  • 3 weeks later...

Merry Christmas all..

Today also marks the 35th Anniversary of the passing of Sir Charles Spencer Chaplin.

April 16,1889 - December 25th,1977.

This is an outtake from City Lights (1931) ..

Chaplin could take a sewer grate and a stick and get 7 minutes out of it.

Check it out.

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I remain just one thing, and one thing only — and that is a clown. It places me on a far higher plane than any politician. I agree Charlie Chaplin was ahead of his time and always had a positive outlook on life..

All I need to make a comedy is a park, a policeman and a pretty girl.

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The Great Dictator apart, What other films of his would you recommend?

The American Cinematheque recently screened a bunch of his movies in gorgeous new prints to mark the 35th anniversary of his passing on Christmas Day in 1977.

So Mr. Garlic, having them fresh in my mind, I can heartily recommend you see the following:

1. "City Lights"

2. "Modern Times"

3. "Gold Rush"

4. "The Kid"

5. "Limelight"

Also, any good dvd set of his early Mack Sennett shorts is worth watching, too.

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