Wednesday, April 3, 2013

C = Charlie Chaplin

The filmmaker Charlie Chaplin developed some of the most iconic movies ever made. His work is studied worldwide. His style and characters remain reference points for the film industry.

After joining D.W. Griffith, Mary Pickford and Douglas Fairbanks in 1919 to create United Artists, Charlie Chaplin funded his own movies and received the rewards of his creative genius.

In the beginning as a filmmaker, he started movies with little more than an idea. He used the film process to flesh out ideas, and develop stunts as the story line progressed. He worked from inspiration. When he was not inspired, he took days off until the next and right idea came to him. His process of filming sequentially created plot problems that needed to be overcome later.

His artistry was not limited to comedic acting and film; he was an accomplished musician who formed the Charles Chaplin Music Corporation. He won an Oscar for best score for Limelight

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Diane Weidenbenner said...

I had no idea that Charlie helped start United Artists. I like your theme and have always enjoyed reading your blog. Happy Blogging A to Z!

Joshua said...

I just love that he was married to Oona O'Neill, daughter of one of my favorite playwrights, Eugene O'Neill.

Tony Laplume said...

Chaplin's genius will live on forever. His was a talent that will continue to translate even when people no longer particularly care about old movies.

Mark Means said...

Hi from the A to Z Challenge :)

I love Charlie Chaplin movies. He always did the most amazing things in them and all without the help of computers.

He was a true visionary in the medium, for sure.

Joanne said...

good theme and indeed Charlie Chaplin was a genius.

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