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An Essay:

 

Charlie Chaplin

 

 

Charlie Chaplin was a superstar in comedies and one of the great fans of

20-th century film. Charles Spenser Chaplin was born in London on 16

April 1889. The son of music hall performers from England, he began

working on the stage at the age of five. Charlie was a popular child

dancer, and then he got work in the theatre and began playing small

roles.

 

And in 1906 he worked as a pantomime in several show groups traveling

throughout Europe and America.

 

Beginning of his career-Top Star

 

When he was about 14, he got his first his first chance appeared in show

Sherlock Holmes.

 

In 1913, the young Chaplin was hired as an actor by the Keystone Film

Production Company. He agree to appear before the cameras in November

 

1913, and his entrance in the cinema world took place that month. Hes

got $150 a week.

 

In 1914 Chaplin made his first film Making a Living. That same year

he made thirty-four and more short films. His early films were not very

successful but in 1915, he made hiss masterpiece The Tramp, in which

he appeared in buggy trousers and with the hat and cane.

 

He changed a few studios and finally he moved to First National Studios

where he made his comedy The Kid. Soon he had had his own studio built

and was making his own film which included The Gold Rush, The

Circus, Modern Times and The Great Dictator.

 

Chaplin resisted making a talkie all through the 1930s, although

talkies (movies without sounds) became the dominant mode of

moviemaking. City Lights was Charlie Chaplins first non-silent film.

But it still was not a talking picture. Chaplin included the musical

soundtrack, and used sound effects, but nobody spoke in the picture yet.

 

 

So, thats why he was a top star: his films were both a financial and

critical success, and many believe it to be one of Chaplins best films.

 

 

He doesnt think about the POPULARITY

 

Although Chaplin had his major successes in the United States, he

refused to accept US citizenship. Later, he was accused of un-American

activities and left the United States in 1952 because of increased

political pressure. He settled in Switzerland. Chaplin won Oscar twice.

 

In 1975 he was knighted by Queen Elizabeth 2. He married three times

and only his third marriage with Oona ONeill, daughter of the dramatist

Eugene ONeill was a long and happy one.

 

The end of his life

 

Charlie Chaplin lived for over 25 years in Switzerland where he saw the

birth of for of his 10 children. His last child was born when Charlie

Chaplin was 73 years old.

 

He died on Christmas Day in 1977. Charlie Chaplin and his wife are

rests in the Corsier cemetery. Today, there is a square named in his

honour and a statue erected to his effigy on the shore Lake Geneva, in

Vevey.

 

 

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