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A Century of Charles Chaplin

Apr 23, 2014

Before movies had voices, they did two things particularly well: Dramatic stars displayed operatic passions to make you weep, and comedians created physical bits to make you laugh. The most brilliant comic was Charles Chaplin, who celebrates his 100th anniversary onscreen this year. (In fact, the 125th anniversary of his birth was last week: April 16.)

Harold Lloyd, Harry Langdon and especially stone-faced Buster Keaton were all extraordinary in their ways. But only Chaplin balanced pathos and humor so adroitly, as we see in this clip from "The Gold Rush:"

Full article at State of the Art Blog, Charlotte Observer