What You Didn’t Know About Charlie Chaplin

chaplin-a-tramps-odyssey1In The New Statesman, Owen Hatherley reviews Simon Louvish’s latest biography — a look at Charlie Chaplin.

Although Chaplin created Charlie (“Charlot” internationally), he was not always fond of his creation. Louvish finds, as early as 1920, the actor-director claiming that ‘there are days when I am filled with disgust at the character that circumstances forced me to create. That dreadful set of clothes.’ Within years of his almost accidental creation of the Tramp, he attempted other characters, notably a high-society drunk partly based on his father, a theatrical sot. Aside from One AM (1916), a fantastic fight between one very pissed man and his domestic appliances, none of these films was as compelling as the Tramp’s adventures.


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