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Chaplin I. Movies before Chaplin II. Enter Chaplin III. Chaplin's career • The multiplicity principle, continued IV. The Tramp as myth V. Chaplin's world - elemental themes • Quick review: Keaton’s “contingent universe” o By this phrase I mean that certain artists can embody live experience in their work, even if they couldn’t articulate it themselves in words 􀂃 Art can be serious even if the content doesn’t seem that way 􀂃 Keaton has a profound understanding of the world worthy of being called philosophical 􀂃 The phrase “contingent universe” captures the complexity of Keaton’s world 􀂃 For example, think of the cannon sequence from The General : brilliant long sequence, with each joke building on the previous ones, eventually becoming
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Unformatted text preview: a statement about our existence in the cosmos. • The cannon actually working the way it does is repeatedly contingent on Buster’s actions in a hundred ways… and yet also not. • Contingency also means accidental! • His behavior is necessary, but it also doesn’t fully explain the results ° The universe has to do with your choices, but it’s also accidental – it is rational and random simultaneously ° You get what you want, when you get it, accidentally ° This is a particularly brilliant vision to apply to a mock heroic film about the Civil War • The General demystifies the sentimentality that has been attached to the Civil War. o The Continuity Principle ° Old media determines the forms that new media will take...
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