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In search of flickering reminders of Chaplin's La, Kira Cochrane follows in the footsteps of The Little Tramp, on the centenary of his arrival in Hollywood
Charlie Chaplin slept here: La hotels
The footprints and signature on the doorstep have faded, but there's no confusion about who built these studios: Charlie Chaplin, dressed as the Little Tramp, is painted on the door. Time-lapse footage of the construction of this mock Tudor village – now owned by the Jim Henson Company and identified by a 12ft statue of Kermit above the entrance – appears in How To Make Movies, a film directed by Chaplin in 1918. It shows the small hamlet emerging among the lemon groves that once undulated here, a city rising from the dust.
I wonder how much of Hollywood would exist if Chaplin had never arrived. If the manager of his touring vaudeville troupe had never received that abrupt, misspelled »
- Kira Cochrane
Charlie Chaplin's films have stood the test of time not necessarily because they are funny, at least not in today's terms of what classifies a film as a "comedy", but because the best of them are amusing, clever, witty, smart, emotional and, most of all, simple. But don't let their simplicity deceive you. The level of simplicity a film such as Chaplin's 1931 feature City Lights is not easily achieved. In fact, making something look simple may in fact be the hardest thing to accomplish in cinema. Without sci-fi plotlines, outside forces or even additional characters having an effect on the plot, City Lights is the story of Chaplin's iconic Tramp and the love he finds for a blind woman selling flowers on a street corner. As much as comedy has changed in 80+ years, a story such as this could hardly be told in today's cinemas and garner any kind of attention. »
- Brad Brevet
Not the careless inclusion of cars or chem trails in historical movies – that’s just the shoddy work of your normal run-of-the-mill continuity editors: what we’re focusing on here is the next level of distraction.
The examples on this list are prime goofs, willful distractions and disarming curios that fundamentally change how you view the scenes.
So, let’s get into this…
The Circus Time Traveller
Not in an actual film, hence the inclusion as an Honourable Mention, but this now infamous footage apparently captured a time traveller, talking on her mobile phone in the background of a Charlie Chaplin promotional film from the 1920s.
Absolute rhubard, of course, but you have to admit the footage is oddly compelling.
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- Simon Gallagher
3 items from 2013
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