Chaplin 2 - o A similar contrast can be drawn between their...

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Chaplin 2 I. Keaton vs. Chaplin II. Three passages Cops (1922) • The Gold Rush (1925) • City Lights (1931) III. Modern Times (1936) • Context • A culminating film • The gamin • Sound • Structure • Chaplin's complexity Film viewing tonight: Chaplin, Charlie. Easy Street . 1917. Chaplin, Charlie. The Immigrant . 1917. Chaplin, Charlie. Modern Times . 1936. • Keaton vs. Chaplin o Even though The General comes before Modern Times , Chaplin entered film before Keaton – he is the earlier figure o Note: Chaplin greatly echoes earlier works, with extensive allusions o Heroes: ° The typical Keaton figure wants to just survive and get through a task • His actions might lead to cause and effect, but accidentally so ° Chaplin’s heroes are grander, more chivalric, with larger ideals
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Unformatted text preview: o A similar contrast can be drawn between their women: Keatons women are not silly damsels that need rescuing he has a satiric eye for them Chaplin is more sentimental o Shot and set contrasts: Keaton He uses the outdoors, with more authentic sets Less interested in character than Chaplin is He likes long shots Keaton calls attention to the presence of the camera, and the way that it alters things, thus interrupting reality He even calls attention to the flat frame of the screen, and how it interferes with perspective o (Think of the beginning of Cops , where he tricks you into thinking that the character is in jail a highly cinematic joke)...
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