Chaplin - o Then he moved yet again joining D W Griffith in...

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• Chaplin’s career o Began as a child o By the time he was a teenager, he was already something of a star o Like Keaton, he did Vaudeville acts o His shows were immensely successful in Europe o He was known as one of the great pantomimers of his day o He pulled in a huge salary for his time: $150 a week, which was a huge amount of money at the time, while he was working for Keystone o When he moved to Essanay it went up to $1250 per week o From there he moved to the Mutual Film Corporation, where he made most of his great films o The Tramp character had been in so many different movies, and the audience would have seen most of them – this is a kind of literacy, and we cannot underestimate the importance of that history that the audience was a part of. o Each year during this period Chaplin made fewer and fewer films, but they got better and better o He started making $670,000 a year o When he moved to First National, he made $1,000,000
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Unformatted text preview: o Then he moved yet again, joining D. W. Griffith in 1919 to co-found United Artists o By the 1920s he was the most recognizable, famous figure in the world o His sound films, from later on, aren’t as great artistically • The Tramp as a myth o The tramp becomes a kind of mythological figure o He taps into deep psychological issues o In a way, the tramp is a communal creation, like a myth, even though Chaplin created him, because the historical culture had a part in it – there were so many unemployed hoboes and bums at the time, and so the Tramp was a kind of social reality o Think about the costume – coat and shirt too small, pants and shoes too big – he is an emblem for mismatch o His body is dexterous and graceful o Chaplin realizes the power of the close-up to allow him to show emotions in his face o Even the chase scenes help to create character....
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