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Silent Film

"While watching a silent picture each individual supplies the unspoken words according to his own understanding of the action. The dullard sees the story in his own way as does the intelligent, the wise, and so on-each one, as I said before, supplying his own understanding and everyone is pleased. But when the actor gives through the spoken word his own interpretation-then-well, there is bound to be disappointment." - Charlie Chaplin. (taken from http://www.public.asu.edu/~ialong/Taylor46.txt)Drawing...

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Charlie Chaplin

taking up singing and acting from an early age. After a rocky film debut, Chaplin soon became a success in 1913 while touring in the US. With his role “The Tramp,” Chaplin reached world fame. According to Chaplin himself, the force that propelled him and drove him onto the world stage that he came to inhabit was not primarily artistic inspiration, but a desire for money. Ingeborg Kohn, in Charlie Chaplin, Brightest star of silent film, quotes Chaplin saying that he “'went into the business for the...

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Almodovar Melodrama, Talk to Her, Live Flesh

Pedro Almodovar, in his recent films Talk to Her (Hable con Ella) (2002) and Live Flesh (Carne Trémula) (1997), has brought a thoroughly modern interpretation to the genre of melodrama. These fresh illustrations of human love, loneliness, frustration and individuality explore the complexity of human interaction and interestingly, in Talk to Her, the interactions of the sentient in relation to the insentient. "Nothing is simple," Alicia's ballet teacher muses in Talk to Her, this statement accurately...

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An Emergence from Silence: an Examination of Mise-En-Scene in Early Scenes of the Great Dictator

An Emergence From Silence: An examination of Mise-En-Scene in early scenes of The Great Dictator Charlie Chaplin’s The Great Dictator is a film new to the era of “talkies” and, in it’s early scenes focuses on very physical, present aspects of mise-en-scene, almost completely doing away with non-diagetic sound. The film grows throughout it’s full 124 minute run, having been filmed over several years and seemingly developing it’s delving into use of sound similarly, but in it’s early scenes The...

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Comparative Evaluation Essay

element of two films made by the two most famous silent film actor/directors (although Harold Lloyd has been gaining ground on both in recent years), Buster Keaton’s The General and Charlie Chaplin’s City Lights, and to make some kind of evaluative judgment regarding them. Note that you need not — and probably should not — claim one film is better than the other; it is a much easier task to argue that one film does something in particular better than the other. Even saying one film is “funnier” is...

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Charlie Chaplin

he became a sensational comedian and one of the best actors of all time. Chaplin is considered as one of the most pivotal stars of the early days of Hollywood. He lived an interesting life both in his films and behind the camera. Charlie Chaplin is most recognized as an icon of the silent film era, often associated with his popular "Little Tramp" character; a man with a toothbrush mustache, derby hat, bamboo cane, and a funny walk ("Biography for Charles Chaplin"). Charles Spencer Chaplin was...

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But it's not Funny

different silent movies featured in the early 1900s. Since sound picture hadn’t reached the country yet, jokes were more “kinetic-related” during these times. Mariano Contreras, better known as “Pugo,” a famous Filipino silent film comedian, was one of the early Filipino actors in the field of comedy who expressed jokes through exaggerated actions. Serafin Gabriel, better known as “Apeng Daldal,” famous for his protruding teeth, is another famous Filipino silent film comedian. More silent film Filipino...

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In the Mood for Love

sentence. This change could turn a negative sentence into a positive outcome. Throughout the history of cinema body language is a tool that is applied to every movie. Movies by their very nature started of as any elaborate ploy on body language. The silent film era relies on nonverbal communication that is accompanied by visual elements and implanting a specific score in order to suspend disbelief that the audience is sitting an in a dark room watching various shades of light and color onto a screen. The...

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Silence Speaks More Than We Observe

EWRT1A Instructor: Luis Limcolioc Title: Silence Speaks More Than We Observe "Silent Dancing" By Judith Ortiz Cofer There are moments in which the silence can convey a message which is much more momentous than any other words which can be spoken. "Silent Dancing" by Judith Ortiz Cofer is a great evidence of that. In this piece of work the writer conveys a message about her childhood. Around the young age of three, the writer along with her mother and her younger brother shifted from their homeland...

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The Beauty Of Silence A Scene Analysis Of City Lights

The Beauty of Silence: A Scene Analysis of City Lights Charlie Chaplin’s 1931 silent film City Lights follows the story The Tramp (Charlie Chaplin) who fall in with a Blind Girl (Virginia Cherrill) selling flowers on the side of the street. Unable to see that The Tramp is really a vagrant in gentlemen’s clothing, she mistakes him for a wealthy gentleman. The Tramp, who has fallen for the blind beauty, makes no attempt to correct her. Instead The Tramp attempts to earn money to help the woman he...

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