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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 doesnt own him anymore, society does. o He motivates an aura of mythic significance o His main themes in all his movies are elemental theyre very basic to human existence and they tend to be fundamentally unfunny at their core: violence, hunger, danger, humiliation, powerlessness Hes able to convey highly complex elemental emotions in tiny gestures and facial expressions Its as if hes telling the same jokes over and over again, but you dont get tired of it youre probably even surprised...
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- Fall '10