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    Super Moderator Country: UK christoph404's Avatar
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    http://youtu.be/WibmcsEGLKo

    Contemporary clips fit Chaplin's speech perfectly....not much has changed then.
    Last edited by christoph404; 14-12-11 at 01:41 PM.

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    Never found him remotely funny.
    Same with Abott And Costello and The 3 Stooges.


    Just bought a nine disc Harold Lloyd boxset.Now he was funny!..

    Thought Laurel And Hardy were too.

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    Senior Member Country: UK Moor Larkin's Avatar
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    To be fair to Charlie Chaplin, I don't think he was exactly playing for laughs in that clip. I can't say as I ever found his movies that funny, but then, I'm not sure he was meant to be just funny. I tend to have him bracketed with Hitchcock in my small brain. Personally I can't really see what all the fuss is about, but I defer my opinion to those who probably know much more, and understand better, what it was that made these pioneer film-makers so special.

    This is my favourite clip of his I think, but I'm sure if I had some spare lives, I could find more.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2x3VQ_yL_6w

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    Would bracket Chaplin with Keaton, Lloyd and Laurel and Hardy as regards silent comedy. That he went into sound and into drama, successfully, and composed as well, makes him rather special.

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    Super Moderator Country: UK christoph404's Avatar
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    My interest in that clip was more to do with how contemporary film clips sat perfectly with Chaplin's speech from his 1940 film "The Great Dictator". Don't think it was meant to be funny though...this was Chaplins first true talking film and also his most commercially successful and as a satire on Nazi Germany possibly his least funny. I think as a physical performer he was up there with Harold Lloyd and Buster Keaton, the sequence in "The Rink" where he runs rings around the fat bully on roller skates is quite impressive....thats just my opinion mind...in other respects he could be crudely sentimental and crass, but this was silent cinema remember so subtlety of expression was not always at the forefront.
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    Senior Member Country: UK CaptainWaggett's Avatar
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    Anyone going to correct the title? Or am I missing some satire?

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    Quote Originally Posted by CaptainWaggett View Post
    Anyone going to correct the title? Or am I missing some satire?
    I did think about it, but one tends to be shouted down these days.

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    Senior Member Country: UK Moor Larkin's Avatar
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    This *nose powder* bit is quite clever - and laugh out loud funny too.
    I wonder if people spend too much time watching his political stuff instead of his comedy.....

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uoli8Bfd43o&feature=related

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    Super Moderator Country: UK christoph404's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by narabdela View Post
    I did think about it, but one tends to be shouted down these days.
    Well I never shout anyone down, and NEVER HAVE DONE!!! Joking aside Im very happy to be corrected on all manner of things in life including anything I spout off on this forum so feel free, I wont bite

    spelling corrected tho, silly me.
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    Senior Member Country: Scotland narabdela's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by christoph404 View Post
    Well I never shout anyone down, and NEVER HAVE DONE!!!
    Sorry, wasn't directed at you personally, but experience shows that correcting spelling and punctuation errors tends to get you labelled as a "smartass".

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    Quote Originally Posted by narabdela View Post
    Sorry, wasn't directed at you personally, but experience shows that correcting spelling and punctuation errors tends to get you labelled as a "smartass".
    Plus it's almost inevitable that any post criticising someone's spelling will itself contain a spelling mistaike

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    Super Moderator Country: UK christoph404's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by narabdela View Post
    Sorry, wasn't directed at you personally, but experience shows that correcting spelling and punctuation errors tends to get you labelled as a "smartass".
    Well my spelling is absolutely terrible so I need all the sympathetic help I can get!

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    Senior Member Country: UK golightly's Avatar
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    Greatest speech ever made? Like something a fifth former has made up for a drama class, pure Hollywood hokum.

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    Senior Member Country: UK Paul Waines's Avatar
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    I've never been much of a Chaplin fan, It's Laurel and Hardy for me. The greatest Double act ever, closely followed by Morecambe and Wise. And if I need more than a double act, I go Marx Bro's... I tend to watch the Boys, most weeks, and a Marx bro's film maybe once a month.

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    I've enjoyed many of Chaplin's silent comedies over the years, which largely came about from those Xmas time Silent Specials so beloved of the BBC in the 70's...(they included many other silent stars too...
    Most interesting for me was Richard Attenborough's superb 1992 biography "Chaplin"....
    IMDb - Chaplin (1992)
    Cheers
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    I share the same sentiments as Blackadder when it comes to Mr Chaplin.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QR0Zsna3sHk

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