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Friday 15 April 2011

Happy Birthday Charlie, We Love You

He was just another kid. London was different then. Poverty was rife. And he didn't know his Father, and his Mother had mental problems. 

People see Chaplin as a genius who appeared overnight. But the work began when he was just a kid. He loved to perform. His training was his difficult life, and the discipline of performing consistently as part of the The Eight Lancashire Lads and then as a Vaudeville performer. His first moment on stage was as a five year old, and his first film contract was in 1913 -- so he had nineteen years of learning his art, of practising his trade. These days we want to be discovered the minute we make a YouTube video; but back then, you learned. And you struggled. 

He knew everything about performing, and about comedy. And when you watch his films, you realize he knew more about life, and love, than pretty much all of us. 

The world is different now. We anticipate "Scream 4" and "Fast & Furious 5", and we carefully make and market films as products for specific audiences. 

Chaplin represents a different idea. And 122 years after his birth, we're still waiting for someone else like him.

And if I'm honest, I hope we'll never find them.


  1. Chaplin knew how to make the audience think we knew what he was going to deliver and then give us something we hadn't even thought of. I can't imagine anyone else being able to do what he did. I'm fine with that.

  2. I so agree, there was a uniqueness about Chaplin which it will be difficult to match. He seemed to move effortlessly from achievement to achievement throughout his life.

  3. Now this is one Charlie that I'd never grow tired of hearing... long live Mr. Chaplin.

  4. You are so right, there will never be another one like Chaplin. And honestly, that's fine with me.