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* AuteurLicense: Chaplin got this very early in his film career. In his earliest Keystone films, Chaplin was constantly arguing with his directors like Henry Lehrmann and Creator/MabelNorman about his gags he developed to the point where he feared he was going to be fired. However, studio head Mack Sennett, upon learning how popular Chaplin's films were and impressed at how hard the British actor worked on them, eventually decided to allow him to direct his own films instead.

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* AuteurLicense: Chaplin got this very early in his film career. In his earliest Keystone films, Chaplin was constantly arguing with his directors like Henry Lehrmann and Creator/MabelNorman Creator/MabelNormand about his gags he developed to the point where he feared he was going to be fired. However, studio head Mack Sennett, upon learning how popular Chaplin's films were and impressed at how hard the British actor worked on them, eventually decided to allow him to direct his own films instead.


[[UsefulNotes/KnightFever Sir]] Charles Spencer "Charlie" Chaplin, KBE (April 16, 1889 – December 25, 1977) was an English comedian, actor, screenwriter, director, editor, producer and composer. The first internationally-famous movie star, he remains one of the most recognizable icons of the silver screen today.

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[[UsefulNotes/KnightFever Sir]] Charles Spencer "Charlie" Chaplin, KBE (April 16, 1889 – December 25, 1977) was an English comedian, actor, screenwriter, director, editor, producer and composer. The first internationally-famous world-famous movie star, he remains one of the most recognizable and acclaimed icons of the silver screen today.


[[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.

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[[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, an English comedian, actor, screenwriter, director, editor, producer and composer. He The first internationally-famous movie star, he remains one of the most recognizable icons of the silver screen today.


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* RagsToRiches / SelfMadeMan: He was born to an estranged, alcoholic father and a mentally-ill mother and spent time in workhouses, but eventually became so wealthy and famous that he could make any film he wished, independent of the Hollywood studios.


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 daughter Creator/GeraldineChaplin and granddaughter Creator/OonaChaplin. Geraldine 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. He was also the uncle of Spencer Dryden, drummer of Music/JeffersonAirplane.

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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 daughter Creator/GeraldineChaplin and granddaughter Creator/OonaChaplin. Geraldine actually played her own grandmother in Sir Richard Attenborough's Creator/RichardAttenborough'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. He was also the uncle of Spencer Dryden, drummer of Music/JeffersonAirplane.


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".

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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 sympathizer[[note]]Accurately, for what it's worth.[[/note]] 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".


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 daughter Creator/GeraldineChaplin granddaughter Creator/OonaChaplin. Geraldine 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. He was also the uncle of Spencer Dryden, drummer of Music/JeffersonAirplane.

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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 daughter Creator/GeraldineChaplin and granddaughter Creator/OonaChaplin. Geraldine 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. He was also the uncle of Spencer Dryden, drummer of Music/JeffersonAirplane.


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. He was also the uncle of Spencer Dryden, drummer of Music/JeffersonAirplane.

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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 daughter Creator/GeraldineChaplin 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. He was also the uncle of Spencer Dryden, drummer of Music/JeffersonAirplane.


* FiveFingerDiscount: In ''The Floorwalker'' a group of shoppers strip a display in a department store bare while the salesman is trying run The Tramp out of the store.

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* FiveFingerDiscount: In ''The Floorwalker'' a group of shoppers strip a display in a department store bare while the salesman is trying to run The Tramp out of the store.


* MayDecemberRomance: Chaplin married Oona O'Neill when she was 18 and he was 54.
* MassiveNumberedSiblings: Eleven kids, yo. The most well known being his daughter, Geraldine Chaplin, who also became a film actress.


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-> ''Has there ever been another artist...who has had more to say, and in such vivid detail, about what it means to be poor? Conceivably [[Creator/CharlesDickens Dickens]], another artist often reproached for sentimentality...but surely no other figure in the 20th century. And because there is arguably no other figure in the world during Chaplin’s heyday who was more widely known and loved -- not even a politician like his arch-enemy Hitler, much less another artist--discussing him as if he were just another writer-director or actor ultimately means short-changing that world and that history.''

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-> ''Has there ever been another artist... who has had more to say, and in such vivid detail, about what it means to be poor? Conceivably [[Creator/CharlesDickens Dickens]], another artist often reproached for sentimentality...sentimentality... but surely no other figure in the 20th century. And because there is arguably no other figure in the world during Chaplin’s heyday who was more widely known and loved -- not even a politician like his arch-enemy Hitler, much less another artist--discussing him as if he were just another writer-director or actor ultimately means short-changing that world and that history.''

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* SlidingScaleOfIdealismVsCynicism: Even though most of his films didn't have clear cut happy endings, there was still a sense of heartfelt optimism and human emotion in many of his movies. This shines the strongest in ''The Kid'' and ''City Lights''.


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