History Creator / CharlieChaplin

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."''
25th Jan '16 8:40:03 AM Prinzenick
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* LiteralAssKicking: lots of it. The Tramp in particular seems unable to let a good rump go by unkicked.

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* LiteralAssKicking: lots Lots of it. The Tramp in particular seems unable to let a good rump go by unkicked.


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* MickeyMousing: Even though his movies were silent, Chaplin would always have someone playing an instrument like the violin on the set so a tempo and rhythm for the scenes could be established, and then a separate score could be played to the film later on. Creator/JerryLewis said in an interview that he learned this method from Chaplin and applied it to his own movies.
17th Dec '15 9:40:46 PM gallium
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* ''The Fireman''



* ''Film/TheFireman''
14th Dec '15 7:44:27 PM DoctorCooper
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* BadassMoustache

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* BadassMoustacheBadassMoustache: A small one.



* DoggedNiceGuy

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* %%* DoggedNiceGuy



* InsultBackfire: After repeatedly being "accused" of being Jewish, he finally retorted, "I'm afraid I ''don't'' have that honor."



* 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.

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* %%* 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.



* TakeThat: After repeatedly being "accused" of being Jewish, he finally retorted, "I'm afraid I ''don't'' have that honor."
11th Dec '15 10:38:38 AM JulianLapostat
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** Richard Brody, [[http://www.newyorker.com/culture/richard-brody/heil-hynkel the critic for the New Yorker]], nonetheless argues that Chaplin's lampoon was a dead-on parody:
--> ''What’s most important about Hitler is the fact that he is, in fact, ridiculous—and that people nonetheless adulated him as a political leader. In Chaplin’s film, Hynkel is a joke, but there’s nothing funny about the anti-Jewish pogroms he instigates.
16th Nov '15 7:43:02 PM Kitch
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* AdolfHitlarious: Poked fun at Hitler in ''Film/TheGreatDictator'', which was a bold stance to take at the time, since most countries, including the U.S.A., considered him to a politician like any other and were reluctant to offend him. Chaplin wanted to warn these people about Hitler's plans and the film was finally released when the man had already invaded Europe. Still, this didn't convince many Americans until Pearl Harbour forced them to enter war with the Axis. From that moment on ''Film/TheGreatDictator'' was seen as a visionary picture. The similarities between Hitler and Chaplin's physical appearance (tooth brush moustache) were already noticed during the 1930s. Chaplin was even born on April 16, 1889 and Hitler on April 20 of that same year! Hitler himself didn't particularly like Chaplin as he thought that the actor was Jewish (he wasn't, but was 1/4 Romanichal aka British Romani, which probably wouldn't have endeared him to the equally Romani-hating Fuhrer). ''Film/TheGreatDictator'' was banned in Nazi occupied Europe, of course, but he did watch a private copy of it, twice. Chaplin also wondered what he might have thought of it. After the horrors of the concentration camps came to light in 1945 Chaplin was absolutely shocked, as many other people were, and said that if he had known about it he would have never made a comedy about Hitler.

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* AdolfHitlarious: Poked fun at Hitler in ''Film/TheGreatDictator'', which was a bold stance to take at the time, since most countries, including the U.S.A., considered him to a politician like any other and were reluctant to offend him. Chaplin wanted to warn these people about Hitler's plans and the film was finally released when the man had already invaded Europe. Still, this didn't convince many Americans until Pearl Harbour forced them to enter war with the Axis. From that moment on ''Film/TheGreatDictator'' was seen as a visionary picture. The similarities between Hitler and Chaplin's physical appearance (tooth brush moustache) were already noticed during the 1930s. Chaplin was even born on April 16, 1889 and Hitler on April 20 of that same year! Hitler himself didn't particularly like Chaplin as he thought that the actor was Jewish (he wasn't, but was 1/4 Romanichal aka British Romani, which probably wouldn't have endeared him to the equally Romani-hating Fuhrer). ''Film/TheGreatDictator'' was banned in Nazi occupied Europe, of course, but he did watch a private copy of it, twice. Chaplin also wondered what he might have thought of it. it.
** Of note: while other filmmakers were horrified of the propaganda power of ''Film/TriumphOfTheWill'', Chaplin ''laughed at it''. He used the film copiously to perfect his satire.
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After the horrors of the concentration camps came to light in 1945 Chaplin was absolutely shocked, as many other people were, and said that [[HarsherInHindsight if he had known about it he would have never made a comedy about Hitler.Hitler]].
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