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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- Fall '10
- modern times, The Tramp, o Chaplin, political jabs