During the time, Jazz was starting to be played, and the radio had been invented. Also, silent movies were being created. One person that was creating fantastic silent movies was Charlie Chaplin. Charlie Chaplin is an actor, producer, and director that has changed the way of movie production through his challenging ideas and use of interesting angles. Chaplin’s ideas were very interesting and gained many viewers from around the globe.
But in order to get there, he had to work hard, and deal with plenty of problems that got on his way. Thus, Chaplin is an outgoing actor, director, and producer who was fearless in his filmmaking; he impacted history because he changed the ways of filmmaking through his creative and edgy ideas. Charles Chaplin’s entrance into acting was made difficult due to Mack Sennett, although the amount of money offered was a perk. It all started in 1908, when Prosperous Karno gave Charlie an audition for physical comedy. Karno taught Charles everything he needed to know about physical comedy (Coletta).
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By 1910, Charles was working for Karno as a comedian making $75 a week. While Charles was on his second tour in 1912, Mack Sennett liked his performance, and offered Charles a one year contract of $150 a week. He happily accepted the offer knowing he was going to make double the money (Giannetti 81). After a couple of days, Charles realized that he had made a horrible mistake signing that contract. “Sennett dissipated one’s personality… I knew that nothing transcended personality” says Charles (Giannetti 82).
Mack Sennett’s directorial style was hard for Charles to deal with because to an actor personality was everything, but to Sennett, an actor’s personality was nothing to him. So, Charles convinced Sennett to let him direct and edit his own movies. It took a while, but eventually Sennett was convinced. Charles created an original character named the Tramp, “an accident-prone do-gooder, at once innocent and jauntily swinging his trademark cane as he defied the auguries of a hostile world. The Little Tramp made his first brief appearance in ‘Kid Auto Races at Venice’(Coletta).
” It was a big success; people loved Charles’s movies. Chaplin’s self-directed films were so popular that in 1915, Essanay Studios offered Chaplin a one year contract at $1250 a week. He accepted this offer and began to work a tremendous amount. “In his year at Essanay he produced fifteen films, most of them two-reelers” (Giannetti 84). In 1916, “Chaplin signed a one-year contract with Mutual. He was now the most popular box office attraction in the world, commanding a salary of $10,000 a week, plus a bonus of $150,000.
” During the year with Mutual, He created “Easy Street” and “The Immigrant” (Giannetti 85). Charles was beginning to get noticed by huge movie industries that in 1917, he signed a contract with the “First National Films” and was paid $1 million. With First National, Charlie had his own studio constructed, making subsequent movies (Giannetti 87-88). By then, he was already one of the biggest stars in the movie industry thanks to the tramp. Charles made many popular films during the 20th century. One of his first famous films is “The Gold Rush” in 1925.
“The Gold Rush” was his highlights of his career. “It featured the Tramp in a complete film, portraying his adventures as a gold prospector in Alaska. New York Times referred [this film] as the outstanding gem of all Chaplin’s picture’s. ”Critics believed it to be one of the funniest and saddest film of all comedies (“Chaplin produces his masterpiece The Gold Rush, June 26, 1925”). This was a big success because the Tramp(which everyone loves) was featured in a full movie, other than just episodes. His other masterpiece was “The City Lights” made in 1931.
It was a] beautifully lyrical, depression tale about the tramp’s friendship with a drunken millionaire and a blind flower girl [which was considered by many critics the] greatest piece of acting and the highest moment in the movies (“Charles Spencer Chaplin”). ” By the given information, Charles is doing an excellent job in the movie industry because of his acting and humorous scripts. In 1940, Charles finally made his first film with sound called “The Great Dictator” (Coletta). This film was his last masterpiece until his political views stir trouble.
It stirred trouble because of a film that he released entitled, “Monsieur Verdoux” (“Charles Spencer Chaplin”). Chaplin used his films to communicate his political ideas. For example, “Chaplin always hated dictatorship, which made him politically suspect during the early days of the Cold War. This was compounded when he released the film, ‘Monsieur Verdoux. ’ [which was made in 1947] ” This film had mass murder and capitalistic exploitation. Many of the viewers found this film to be disturbing due to the murdering of women (“Charles Spencer Chaplin”).
That same year, he was a victim of a damaging paternity suit brought by starlet Joan Barry. Thus, “In a bizarre judgement, based on a forensic evidence, the court found in his favor but nonetheless ordered him to pay child support, and that year he received a subpoena from the HUAC, beginning the political victimization that finally drove him from America” (Coletta). Chaplin was not allowed to reenter the United States because he was not an American Citizen; he was a British Citizen (Georgakas). Therefore, he settled in Switzerland with his new wife, Oona, and raised 8 children.
He stayed in Switzerland because he was disgusted with the United States that they did not let him re enter the country. 20 years later, Charles was invited back to recieve a special Oscar at the Academy Awards (Giannetti 98). In 1977, Christmas morning, Charles died in his sleep at age 88. His body was buried in Switzerland (Giannetti 98). Overall, Chaplin’s personal Charles had a huge impact on the movie industries. For example, “Chaplin’s influence on other comic artists has been enormous, not only in the American cinema, with such gifted comedians from Harry Langdon to Woody Allen, but also in Europe and elsewhere.
In Italy, Federico fellini and Vittorio De Sica both admitted a major indebtedness, and in France, Rene Clair, Jean Vigo, and Francois Truffaut were obviously influenced by Chaplin’s bitter-sweet comedy (Giannetti 98). ”The Tramp was the most inspiring idea due to that fact that it was an original character created by Charles. That saying, Charles made history, and helped many directors and actors. For example, “Some of the finest comic actors have been described as ‘Chaplinesque,’ including Giulietta Masina, Jean-Pierre Leaud, and Giancarlo Giannini.
In his famous essay, “Comedy’s Greatest Era,” perhaps James Agee best summed up Chaplin’s achievement (Giannetti 99). ” He explained some of Charlie’s best work, and how Charlie became famous. Last, in 1992, a film about Charles’s life entitled “Chaplin” was released to the public, showing them from his start, to his end (“Charles Spencer Chaplin”). In conclusion, Chaplin’s impact can be characterized by his impact on the movie industry and production. As shown, Chaplin is an outgoing actor, director, and producer who was fearless in his filmmaking; he impacted history by changing the ways of filmmaking through his creative and edgy ideas.
As shown, Charles Chaplin was a fantastic actor that had to take many rough courses to finally get to where he wanted to be. He did indeed succeed on getting popular, and even changing the ways of acting and producing. Charles made a huge impact to many of the famous actors and producers of the 1900’s. As of right now, technology has extremely advanced, and left some of Charlie’s strategies behind, but he will always be known to be one of the famous actors to successfully succeed, and create history.