Developing An Appreciation For Charlie Chaplin

Developing An Appreciation For Charlie Chaplin

Although many adults know the name Charlie Chaplin fairly well, one can't help to wonder how many people in the current generation know who he is and have an interest in his contribution to the film industry. His style was something very unique and is almost completely different from the type of comedy that most people are used to seeing in our modern world. Yet, I think there are still many people who enjoy his works and are curious about him for that reason -- because he's so different in comparison to what they've usually seen.



I remember the first time I saw Charlie Chaplin in a film, I was completely fascinated. I found myself instantly captivated by him for two reasons; his stage presence during his acting in his movies is undeniable, first of all. It's impossible to watch a Charlie Chaplin film and not notice Charlie! He's always the star of the show in his own unique way. However, another reason I found myself drawn to his work was because there was no sound initially -- and this made it interesting for me, because it meant that I had to devote all of my attention to the film in order to make certain that I didn't miss anything important. Considering this, you might say that we really take sound for granted in films these days, because we abuse it so much with sound effects and altered noises.

For the percentage of the upcoming generations that don't yet know about Charlie Chaplin, I think they would be fascinated once they were finally exposed to his works. In a sense, everyone should be exposed to him as an educational resource -- not only because he reminds us that we're all capable of laughter, but because much of what he did in those days laid the groundwork for film and comedy as we know it today.