Monday, September 09, 2013

Chaplin


I was watching the other day the movie Chaplin with Robert Downey Jr. as Chaplin.  The film was okay, but what really got me to thinking about Chaplin was how much of an innovator he was.  I had to take a class about the silent era in college, and though I was no film studies connoisseur back then I did admire and even learn a few things from the masters.  In fact I've come to the conclusion that cinema has not changed much since the silent era.  Sure there is sound and with sound comes dialogue, but telling a story with pictures only was as basic as it got, and to consider that filmmaking was in its infancy back then and it was all being developed seemed exciting.  I became a fan of Buster Keaton, but I'd admired Chaplin very much.  His movie "The Kid" was the one that did it for me.  In it Chaplin as the Tramp finds a child on the streets, and he is forced to raise the boy.  The bond that the two develop is heartwarming, and will tug at your heartstrings.  In the end there is a happy ending with the child being re-united with it's mother, and it is extraordinary in how Chaplin tells the story.

But instead of telling you about it why not watch it.   It's times like this that make me giddy about the Internet.
Though not as effective as watching it on the screen, "The Kid" still evokes emotion, and laughter.  So I hope you enjoy the film from the master filmmaker Chaplin.  It has inspired me again, and I'm sure it will inspire you.