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o In entertainment, single events or aspects of a work have single purposes (exposition, humor, etc.). In art, they have many purposes all at once. This is the multiplicity principle. 􀂃 Chaplin’s jokes not only are funny, not only develop character, but also are complex social and political jabs. o The Tramp was widely recognized in American and British culture almost immediately and almost instantly o He sparked a huge number of imitators o The various highly imaginative ways he uses his cane tell us something about his relation to objects o He had such a universally recognized, insuppressible, versatile figure, and this is why he recalls elements of myth o The Tramp was originally a much more anarchic, controversial figure, but Chaplin quieted the character down somewhat as he became more popular 􀂃 Something very similar actually happened to Mickey Mouse o Chaplin actually lived homeless for much of his childhood, when his mother was
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Unformatted text preview: institutionalized, motivating political jabs o Chaplin is both political and sentimental o When IBM first marketed PCs broadly, they used a figure of Chaplin as the Tramp from Modern Times in their commercials o The Tramp is so well known and incorporated into society, that Chaplin doesn’t own him anymore, society does. o He motivates an aura of mythic significance o His main themes in all his movies are elemental – they’re very basic to human existence – and they tend to be fundamentally unfunny at their core: violence, hunger, danger, humiliation, powerlessness ° He’s able to convey highly complex elemental emotions in tiny gestures and facial expressions ° It’s as if he’s telling the same jokes over and over again, but you don’t get tired of it – you’re probably even surprised...
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