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Behind the Screen (1916)

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Charlie is an overworked labourer at a film studio who helps a young woman find work even while his coworkers strike against his tyrannical boss.

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Three movies are being shot simultaneously and Charlie is an overworked scene shifter. The foreman is waited on hand and foot until all the shifters but Charlie go on strike. A girl looking for work pretends to be a man and helps Charlie. Charlie discovers her gender and falls in love with her. The foreman thinks they are homosexual and in the ensuing fight they become involved in a long pie throwing scene from one of the movies in production. The frustrated workers dynamite the studio. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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Short | Comedy | Romance

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13 November 1916 (USA)  »

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The Pride of Hollywood  »

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The film was restored in 2013 through the Chaplin Mutual Project thanks to the financial support of French director Michel Hazanavicius. See more »

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Referenced in Unknown Chaplin (1983) See more »

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Is Chaplin taking the mickey out of the Bible?
8 March 2002 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

Chaplin wasn't known for having intolerant values of the church so I guess we can take this two reeler on face value. Although his Mutual Films were superior to his previous one and two reelers, this short film still lacks the breadth and depth needed to stand the test of time.


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