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Transcript of Charlie Chaplin
The Circus (1928)
Was shot during a difficult time in his life.
Faced many production issues and a fire resulted in some stunts having to be re-shot.
Suffered a nervous breakdown during filming and caused the production to be delayed for months.
Modern Times (1936)
First film where the tramp is given a voice.
A partial "talkie" film that used sequence cards and some dialogue.
The Great Dictator (1940)
Made before the United States joined World War 2.
He plays a mocking representation of German leader, Adolf Hitler.
Considered anti-Nazi war propaganda that concerned censorship companies that evoked controversy.
Pro-Nazi campaigns labeled Chaplin as an "American film-Jew"
The Kid Auto Race (1914)
Gold Rush (1925)
Slapstick comedy that featured Charlie Chaplin portraying his fan favourite "Little Tramp" character.
Charlie Chaplin remarked that it was his favourite film
Film was re-released in 1942 with added sound narration and music made by Chaplin.
Born Charles Spencer Chaplin on April 16th 1889 to singer, Hannah Hall and father Charles Chaplin Sr. in London, England.
He and his mother were abandoned by his father
Made his stage debut at age 5 for filling in for his mother.
His mother was later sent to a mental asylum leaving Charlie and his half brother, Sydney to be sent to residential schools and workhouses.
In 1897, he became a professional entertainer under his mother's contract travelling around the world ending up in a vaudeville.
His mother leaving him to his devices, allowed him to pursue his career.
The death of his father at an early age, Chaplin aspired to be like his mother, a performer.
Notorious Film Credits
United Artists (1919)
The first appearance of the "little tramp" character that would become his on screen alter-ego.
Upon the films release, his portrayal would make him the most famous actor in Hollywood.
This was only the start to Charlie Chaplin's rise to fame.
Founded January 1919 by Mary Pickford, D.W. Griffith, Charlie Chaplin, Douglas Fairbanks and William S. Hart.
These artists would distribute their own films independently from studios.
1981 MGM bought the rights to the company.
Presently owned by Tom Cruise and his business partner.
Paulette Goddard (1936-1942)
Their marriage in 1936 allowed her to be the leading lady in Modern Times (1936)
The Great Dictator (1940) would be the last film they'd make together.
They had no children together.
She had the most successful film career out of all of Chaplin's wives.
Oona O'neill (1943-1977)
Geraldine Chaplin (b. 1944 - d. 1991)
Michael Chaplin (b. 1946)
Josephine Chaplin (b. 1949)
Victoria Chaplin (b. 1951)
Eugene Chaplin (b. 1953)
Jane Chaplin (b. 1957)
Annette Chaplin (b. 1959)
Christopher Chaplin (b. 1962)
Were married until his death in 1977.
Mildred Harris (1918-1920)
Married in 1918
Norman Spencer Chaplin (b. July 7th 1919 - d. July 10th 1919)
The death of their son lead to the deterioration of their marriage in 1920.
Lita Grey (1924-1927)
Charles Chaplin Jr. (b. 1925 - d. 1968)
Syndey Chaplin (b. 1926 - d. 2009)
She was going to be the leading lady in Gold Rush (1925) was replaced due to her pregancy.
Divorced in 1927.
In his autobiography, he didn't mention much about this period in his life.
Was going to feature his second wife, Lita Grey except she was replaced due to the pregnancy of their first son.
Featured third wife, Paulette Goddard as the leading lady.
End of the silent era, Charlie Chaplin was reluctant to embrace the hype of sound films.
Followed the social problem film trend taking place aroung the time of the Depression
His mocking portrayal concerned Hays Office censorship standardd.
Would earn him a bad reputation among Nazis as his films were banned in Germany and footage of his previous visit was used in Nazi anti-semitic propaganda film the "Eternal Jew"
The only film he did not include in his autobiography.
Earned him a special Academy award for his performance.
It's been almost 40 years since his death but Charlie Chaplin's legacy still lives on.
His name is still famous throughout Hollywood.
Many of his children and grandchildren have pursued acting careers, aspiring after their father or grandfather respectively.
Oona Chaplin (b. 1986) daughter of Geraldine Chaplin (Charlie's daughter) is a famous Hollywood actress recently starring as a recurring character in HBO's Game of Thrones.
Daughter Geraldine Chaplin (b. 1944 - d. 1991) was also a famous Hollywood actress that was inspired by her father to pursue acting.
With his remarkable performances during the silent and war era, Charlie Chaplin added depth and dynamic to the genre of the slapstick comedy film.
His legacy has inspired a future generations to pursue a comedic genre of acting and films.