History Creator / CharlieChaplin

10th Sep '16 9:46:55 AM CumbersomeTercel
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* TheDanza: His characters usually have NoNameGiven, so all the audience can call him is Charlie. Or TheTramp. Or Charlot.



* DirectedByCastMember: Chaplin started out as a player with Mack Sennett's studio before becoming mega-popular and striking out on his own. Ultimately, after leaving Sennett the only films in which he didn't both direct and star were a handful of films that starred somebody else.



* DoingItForTheArt: Chaplin was notorious as being a maddeningly perfectionist filmmaker. For instance, he made his leading lady, Edna Purviance, do so many takes eating beans that she was physically ill. To his credit, Chaplin was even rougher on himself; he did his famous boot eating scene in ''Film/TheGoldRush'' so many times that he had to go to the hospital afterward.



* FollowTheLeader: Many comedians have been inspired by Chaplin's style. Creator/BusterKeaton and Creator/HaroldLloyd also started incorporating tragedy in their comedies, but you can feel Chaplin's influence in the works of Creator/WaltDisney too.



* MissingEpisode:
** ''Her Friend The Bandit'' (1914).
** ''A Woman of the Sea'', directed by him in 1926 but in which he did not appears, is also lost; due to legal problems Chaplin was facing at the time, he was not allowed to release the film. In 1933, Chaplin himself was forced to destroy the only known copies of the film and its negative.



* PlayingAgainstType:
** As TheBluebeard SerialKiller in ''Monsieur Verdoux''.
** Directing Against Type with ''Film/AWomanOfParis'', in which Charlie took a break from doing slapstick comedies in which he also starred, and instead directed an entirely serious romantic drama in which he had only a brief cameo. The idea was to establish his former comic leading lady Edna Purviance as a dramatic actress. It failed, and Purviance retired from film shortly thereafter.



* ProductionPosse:
** Eric Campbell played the bad guy in 11 of Chaplin's 12 short films with Mutual and probably would have done more with Chaplin if he hadn't been killed in a car accident in 1917.
** Edna Purviance made her film debut in in 1915 with ''A Night Out'', Chaplin's second movie after leaving Mack Sennett, and played the LoveInterest and/or female lead in almost every picture Chaplin made for the next eight years. He also attempted to help her launch a dramatic acting career, without success. Often considered Chaplin's true soulmate, even though they never married, Chaplin kept her on his payroll for the rest of her life.
** Henry Bergman joined Chaplin's company in 1916 and worked with Charlie both onscreen and in production for the next 24 years.
** Roland Totherot was Charlie's cinematographer for 32 years, 1915-1947 (and got a "photographic consultant" credit for ''Limelight'' in 1952).



* RealLifeRelative:
** Chaplin ended up marrying a startling number of the women he co-starred with, divorcing them soon after.
** Chaplin's son, Michael Chaplin, plays the precocious Rupert Macabee in ''AKingInNewYork''.
** Chaplin's son, Sydney Chaplin, has an important role in ''Film/{{Limelight}}''.
** Two of Chaplin's best known films - ''Film/TheGreatDictator'' and ''Film/ModernTimes'' - star PauletteGoddard, who was either living with him or married to him at the time.
** Ironically, his longest lasting marriage was to someone he never appeared on screen with, Oona O'Neill.
** Chaplin's nephew was Spencer Dryden, the drummer of Music/JeffersonAirplane during its classic line-up.



* RomanceOnTheSet: Practically every film he made from 1915 to 1940, with the exception of ''City Lights''.
%%* SeinfeldIsUnfunny: People who consider Chaplin to be old-fashioned and dated tend to forget that Chaplin basically invented and created modern film comedy in the shape we recognize it today. Compare him to many other silent slapstick film comedians from his time and you'll immediately notice that his films were much better structured, edited and paced.



* TheShelfOfMovieLanguishment: ''Film/{{Limelight}}'' sat on the shelf in the US for ''two decades'' due to accusations of his being a communist sympathizer (it was released in the UK and elsewhere without issue). It was eventually released in the US 1972.
3rd Sep '16 10:40:09 AM TheAmazingBlachman
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Outside of films, Chaplin was quite politically active, although this never directly showed itself in his films until ''Film/TheGreatDictator''. A scathing satire of UsefulNotes/NaziGermany, the film closes off with a narrative-breaking AuthorTract delivered directly to the camera, in which Chaplin touches on many of his RealLife personal beliefs (it is incidentally widely considered to be one of the greatest speeches ever delivered). Accused of being a Communist sympathizer by the United States government after the end of World War II, his visa was revoked in 1952 (he was a British citizen) and he lived the remainder of his life in Europe. As a result of his political beliefs, his last American film, ''Film/{{Limelight}}'', wasn't allowed to be released until 1972, twenty years after it was actually filmed, but the fact that it was not screened in Los Angeles before then allowed it to win a competitive Oscar for best music score for that year, which gave the Oscars an excuse to also honor Chaplin with a special award in a supreme moment of "burying the hatchet".

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Outside of films, Chaplin was quite politically active, although this never directly showed itself in his films until ''Film/TheGreatDictator''. A scathing satire of UsefulNotes/NaziGermany, the film closes off with a narrative-breaking AuthorTract delivered directly to the camera, in which Chaplin touches on many of his RealLife personal beliefs (it is incidentally widely considered to be one of the greatest speeches ever delivered). Accused of being a Communist sympathizer by the United States government during the RedScare after the end of World War II, his visa was revoked in 1952 (he was a British citizen) and he lived the remainder of his life in Europe. As a result of his political beliefs, his last American film, ''Film/{{Limelight}}'', wasn't allowed to be released until 1972, twenty years after it was actually filmed, but the fact that it was not screened in Los Angeles before then allowed it to win a competitive Oscar for best music score for that year, which gave the Oscars an excuse to also honor Chaplin with a special award in a supreme moment of "burying the hatchet".
30th Jul '16 9:54:01 AM Tarlonniel
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** Creator/LaurelAndHardy during the talkies era. Chaplin had a specific rivalry with Stan Laurel, being that both men were part of the same music hall comedy group. While Chaplin was the star Laurel was able to imitate Charlie so perfectly that almost no-one could tell the difference. Chaplin felt quite jealous about this and after he made it big in Hollywood in 1914 he never helped Laurel out to become a star himself. When Laurel teamed up with Hardy in 1927 and became the world's most iconic comedy duo, Chaplin still didn't see why they were considered to be so funny. However, when they were sailing to their next gig, Chaplin practiced the violin to so Stan could cook bacon on the ''gas ring'' and that nobody would notice.

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** Creator/LaurelAndHardy during the talkies era. Chaplin had a specific rivalry with Stan Laurel, being that both men were part of the same music hall comedy group. While Chaplin was the star Laurel was able to imitate Charlie so perfectly that almost no-one could tell the difference. Chaplin felt quite jealous about this and after he made it big in Hollywood in 1914 he never helped Laurel out to become a star himself. When Laurel teamed up with Hardy in 1927 and became the world's most iconic comedy duo, Chaplin still didn't see why they were considered to be so funny. However, when they were sailing to their next gig, Chaplin practiced would practice the violin to so Stan could cook bacon on the ''gas ring'' and that nobody would notice.
30th Jul '16 9:49:58 AM Tarlonniel
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* NiceHat: Just try imagining the tramp without His trademark Bowler hat.

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* NiceHat: Just try imagining the tramp without His his trademark Bowler bowler hat.
4th Jul '16 7:49:37 PM costanton11
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Being arguably the first major film comedian, he is responsible for establishing countless comedy tropes. Many of his descendants followed him into the acting world, including his granddaughter Creator/OonaChaplin. Daughter Geraldine Chaplin actually played her own grandmother in Sir Richard Attenborough's 1992 {{Biopic}} ''Film/{{Chaplin}}'', in which the man himself is played by Creator/RobertDowneyJr in one of his best-regarded performances, though the film ends with a montage of footage of the unparalled original.

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Being arguably the first major film comedian, he is responsible for establishing countless comedy tropes. Many of his descendants followed him into the acting world, including his granddaughter Creator/OonaChaplin. Daughter Geraldine Chaplin actually played her own grandmother in Sir Richard Attenborough's 1992 {{Biopic}} ''Film/{{Chaplin}}'', in which the man himself is played by Creator/RobertDowneyJr in one of his best-regarded performances, though the film ends with a montage of footage of the unparalled original.
original. He was also the uncle of Spencer Dryden, drummer of Music/JeffersonAirplane.
30th May '16 11:35:12 PM Doug86
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** Chaplin directed ''Film/ShoulderArms'' in 1918: a film in which he is a soldier in the trenches during WorldWarOne, poking fun at the German soldiers. He made this picture to duck rumors that he didn't enlist in the British Army during WorldWarOne because he was scared. By making and appearing in this film he did show some sort of engagement.

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** Chaplin directed ''Film/ShoulderArms'' in 1918: a film in which he is a soldier in the trenches during WorldWarOne, UsefulNotes/WorldWarI, poking fun at the German soldiers. He made this picture to duck rumors that he didn't enlist in the British Army during WorldWarOne UsefulNotes/WorldWarI because he was scared. By making and appearing in this film he did show some sort of engagement.



** Furthermore, Chaplin made ''The Bond'' at his own expense purely as a war bond promotion after the US entered WorldWarOne.

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** Furthermore, Chaplin made ''The Bond'' at his own expense purely as a war bond promotion after the US entered WorldWarOne.UsefulNotes/WorldWarI.
14th May '16 11:44:02 AM nombretomado
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[[KnightFever Sir]] Charles Spencer "Charlie" Chaplin, KBE (April 16, 1889 -- December 25, 1977) was the first world-famous movie star, a respected movie writer, director, editor, producer and composer. He remains one of the most recognizable icons of the silver screen today.

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[[KnightFever [[UsefulNotes/KnightFever Sir]] Charles Spencer "Charlie" Chaplin, KBE (April 16, 1889 -- December 25, 1977) was the first world-famous movie star, a respected movie writer, director, editor, producer and composer. He remains one of the most recognizable icons of the silver screen today.



* KnightFever: Was first proposed for knighthood in 1931, and then in 1956, when it was vetoed because of his marriages to much-younger women, as well as his leftist political views. He was finally created a [[OverlyLongName Knight Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire]] by [[UsefulNotes/HMTheQueen Queen Elizabeth II]] in 1975, two years before he died.
26th Apr '16 12:43:40 PM gallium
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25th Mar '16 6:29:19 AM gallium
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* ''Film/TheFloorwalker''
25th Jan '16 8:43:06 AM Prinzenick
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* ExcusePlot: Chaplin made whole movies by trial and error, only using some pre-planning on his features, saying that he didn't worry about the story, knowing it would naturally grow out of the characters;
-->''"I don't care much about story—plot, as they call it. If you have the neatest tailored plot in the world and yet haven't personalities, living characters, you've nothing."''
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