Charlie Chaplin Short Biography

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1.1 Introduction: Sir Charles Spencer ‘Charlie’ Chaplin was a versatile actor, director and music producer whose prolific entertainment career spanned over 75 years. Influential film roles included the films, The Kid (1921) and The Great Dictator (1940). Charlie Chaplin was a comedic British actor who became one of the biggest stars of the 20th century's silent-film era. Born on April 16, 1889, in London, England, Charlie Chaplin worked with a children's dance troupe before making his mark on the big screen. His character "The Tramp" relied on pantomime and quirky movements to become an iconic figure of the silent-film era. Chaplin went on to become a director, making films such as City Lights and Modern Times, and co-founded the…show more content…
He finally agreed to appear before the cameras at the expiration of his vaudeville commitments in November 1913; and his entrance in the cinema world took place that month when he joined Mack Sennett and the Keystone Film Company. His initial salary was $150 a week, but his overnight success on the screen spurred other producers to start negotiations for his services. At the completion of his Sennett contract, Chaplin moved on to the Essanay Company (1915) at a large increase. Sydney Chaplin had then arrived from England, and took his brother’s place with Keystone as their leading comedian.The following year Charlie was even more in demand and signed with the Mutual Film Corporation for a much larger sum to make 12 two-reel comedies. These include “The Floorwalker”, “The Fireman”, “The Vagabond”, “One A.M.” (a production in which he was the only character for the entire two reels with the exception of the entrance of a cab driver in the opening scene), “The Count”, “The Pawnshop”, “Behind the Screen”, “The Rink”, “Easy Street” (heralded as his greatest production up to that time), “The Cure”, “The Immigrant” and “The…show more content…
From his production of films, to his writing and acting, to his directing, Charlie changed peoples' idea of a motion picture. Charles Chaplin was one of the rare comedians who not only financed and produced all his films, but was the author, actor, director and soundtrack composer of them as well. He spent his nights during filming, critiquing the rushes with his assistant directors. Consequently compared to the major’s films, he spent years and excessive amount of money on his productions. He often said though he would not release any of his films until he was 100% satisfied with the result. He was the first, and to date, the last artist to have complete control over every aspect of the filmmaking process. He acted, wrote, directed, produced, edited, cast, and composed the music for his own

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