Charlie Chaplin, in the method of his successor Michael Moore, exploits the plight of the poor to line his own pockets. He took what was a global disaster, and like the evil Capitalists that he claimed to disdain, profited from a psychedelic portrayal (Modern Times) of how Capitalists work. Chaplain wrote, produced, and directed most of his own movies, often forcing his staff to work late into the night, so he could capitalize on his wealth producing skills, and feed his Capitalistic cravings. He was a millionaire in an era when that really meant something.
He and his brother founded United Artists. Although Chaplin lived and earned all his money in America, he declined to become a citizen and was considered a coward, by his British countrymen. However, his films were quite hilarious, and he undeniably possessed tremendous talented.
Chaplin’s creativity and physical skills were manifest in scenes he performed, such as the roller-skating in the department store and the dive into the shallow stream (Modern Times). The most riveting imagery of the film involved the tragic aftermath of the Great Depression—a deflation of our economy—the sorrowful faces of mankind “wanting,” the soup kitchen lines, joblessness, and the inability of labor to effective bargain with employers.
In another film, “The Tramp,” he effectively portrayed an unemployable character who inadvertently errs is his every attempt to fit into industrialized society. His character unwittingly lands in front of a union organizing march, landing him in jail where he shows his high ethical and moral character, and reaps his reward, employment. He proceeds downhill from there.
Charlie Chaplin: an amazing individual.
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