Super close-up of Charlie and Scraps from “A Dog’s Life" 1918

Some might be wondering why I am posting the same photo twice?

 I am posting one as a super close-up and the other showing the original photo. The reason is - Charlie Chaplin very seldom did close-ups in his films, most of his shots were long and medium…I find by cropping super tight you can get a really good look at his face make-up and his expressions. This only works if you have a high definition photo to work with

I also love how you can see some of his make up especially his heavily darkened eyebrows. His make-up was extrordinary, forced you to look right into his face.

7 videos que me inspiran, #5

#5) El discurso de Himler (El Gran Dictador)

Después de que Chaplin  se pasara media película fingiendo ser un dictador con el que le habían confundido, le toca el turno de pronunciar una arenga a los ejércitos.

Y frente al micrófono suelta un alegato antibélico que hace historia, simultáneo en el tiempo a las atrocidades que estaba cometiendo un señor con el mismo bigote.

Dicen que Hitler llegó a ver la película y que la volvió a visionar una vez más, pero nadie parece saber qué opinaba al respecto.

Chaplin hace hincapié en la gran pantalla en el necesario humanismo de las naciones. Defiende la solidaridad que tanta falta nos hace. Es inspirador, y me fascina la manera en la que conduce el discurso, cómo pasa de la susurrante confesión inicial al bramido con el que termina.


Large shot of Charlie in “The Circus” sitting there while Merna explains that he as the clown is the hit of the show and he is not even aware…he then demands a raise from the Circus Master (Merna'a stepfahter)which is funny in itself:

Circus Master: I will pay you $50.00

Charlie: he shakes his head No

Circus Master: $60.00

Charlie" Again shakes head No

then the funny part:

Circus Master: I’ll double it

Charlie: shakes his head no - Nothing less than $100.00 :)

Circus Master and Charlie shake on it, also Circus Master not to abuse Merna anymore.

This is a great candid shot of Charlie as an English Bobby in his Mutual film “Easy Street” 1917.

It is one of his most celebrated and harkens back to his time as a boy in South London complete with a replica of the streets he lived on.

It really touches on the poverty and living conditions of people in this neighborhood complete with a heroin addict attempting to assault Edna, pretty gritty stuff for it’s day and would not pass the movie censors 20 years laters.

Charlie Chaplin taking a break in the court room (1944) during his Mann Act trial, he was found not guilty by the jury.  It was ridiculous charge to begin with, irt was masterminded by the head of the F.B.I. J Edgar Hoover, Hoover had an immense dislike of Charlie due to what he believed were his Communist Sympathies.