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° Chaplin • He is much more social and psychological in his interests o Physical objects and materials ° In The General , we see every physical aspect and corner of the train, all over. The character’s relation to that huge physical object is very intimate. • It is a key aspect of Keaton that he pays so much attention to these huge objects ° In Chaplin, the objects are much smaller and more manageable – but his relation to them is enormously imaginative and transformative • Example: showing a rotten old shoe into a Thanksgiving dinner • Also note what he does with his cane and his hat • With these objects Chaplin’s films emphasize psychology. • The Tramp as myth o Anthropologists would say that myth is communally created, and while the Tramp does have an inventory – Chaplin – he also has a sort of communal evolution
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Unformatted text preview: o Clip: an early Keystone comedy ° The Keystone company (which Chaplin worked for first) created the first comedy films ° These sorts of films built into a sort of comic frenzy – chaos, cheap jokes; they didn’t really have a coherent story ° Unlike these films, Chaplin was the first to introduce character and personality to comedy films ° Chaplin’s films were slower, but also funnier ° Keaton’s jokes, on the other hand, have the aura of randomness and chaos, but they are actually highly complex, planned-out jokes • The universe doesn’t notice or care about us – we are insignificant specks • Similarly, there are the opposite jokes, when a character narrowly avoids catastrophe and doesn’t notice...
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