"Chaplin remains an important figure in American film and cultural history. As a director, Chaplin disliked flamboyant camera work, preferring a functional and unobtrusive style that emphasized narrative and character, particularly as embodied by the Tramp. He should be remembered as one of the first in the Hollywood star system to achieve genuine international acclaim. In addition, his mythic alter ego, the Tramp, has appealed to both a mass moviegoing audience and the intelligentsia, principally because of Chaplin’s remarkable performance skills, which combined graceful physical movement and nuanced facial expressions, and because of his ability as writer and director to create in his films a broad emotional range of comedy and pathos as well as a thematic richness."Today is Charlie Chaplin’s birthday, and you can read his full biography for free from the American National Biography Online.
Image credit: Charlie Chaplin The Tramp debuted in 1914, via Wikimedia Commons.

"Chaplin remains an important figure in American film and cultural history. As a director, Chaplin disliked flamboyant camera work, preferring a functional and unobtrusive style that emphasized narrative and character, particularly as embodied by the Tramp. He should be remembered as one of the first in the Hollywood star system to achieve genuine international acclaim. In addition, his mythic alter ego, the Tramp, has appealed to both a mass moviegoing audience and the intelligentsia, principally because of Chaplin’s remarkable performance skills, which combined graceful physical movement and nuanced facial expressions, and because of his ability as writer and director to create in his films a broad emotional range of comedy and pathos as well as a thematic richness."

Today is Charlie Chaplin’s birthday, and you can read his full biography for free from the American National Biography Online.

Image credit: Charlie Chaplin The Tramp debuted in 1914, via Wikimedia Commons.