Charlie Chaplin In The 1920's

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The movie genre, comedy, was created in the 1920’s and dominated the screens during the silent era. Comedies were some of the very first feature films and the majority of these films consisted of randomly performed gags, like comical chase scenes, continuous mishaps, and playful roughhousing. Many of the stars from the 1920’s were comedians. Probably the most famous and highly recognized actor from this decade is Charlie Chaplin. Charlie Chaplin had a very stylized look, which made him very recognizable. On how this costume came about, Chaplin wrote: “…on the way to the wardrobe I thought I would dress in baggy pants, big shoes, a cane, and a derby hat. I wanted everything to be a contradiction: the pants baggy, the coat tight, the hat small and the shoes large. I was undecided whether to look old or young, but remembering Sennett had expected me to be a much older man, I added a small moustache, which, I reasoned, would add age without hiding my expression. I had no idea of the character. But the moment I was dressed, the clothes and the make-up made me feel the person he was. I began to know him, and by the time I walked on to the stage he was fully born.” His nickname, “The Little Tramp,” became synonymous with the outfit. This whole…show more content…
Even though it was considered a silent film, it contained a musical soundtrack and some special effect sounds, but no dialogue. It was created as a tribute to the art of body language and pantomime due to their decline as “talkies” were becoming more popular. Not only was Chaplin the star actor, but he also was responsible for the movie’s production, direction, editing, music, and screenplay. City Lights was a story about blind love, literally, with the outcasted and homeless Little Tramp falling in love with a blind woman and befriending a drunken aristocrat; acting as their savior and persuading both of them life is worth

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