Title

An Analysis of the Comic Techniques of Charles Chaplin in His Creation of Charlie the Tramp

Publication Year

1960

Keywords

English, comedy, Charlie Chaplin, acting, comic techniques, motion pictures

Disciplines

Acting | American Film Studies | American Popular Culture | Film and Media Studies | Performance Studies

Abstract

The art industry of motion pictures has produced no more famous or more enduring character than Charlie the Tramp. Justly, a measure of his fame is due his creator, Charles Spencer Chaplin.

This study attempts to approach the multiplicity of Charlie by analyzing Chaplin's multiple comic film techniques. It presents a treatment of Charlie based on specific details from the films made by Chaplin from 1914 to 1936, with two exceptions. The purpose is to offer a documented study of the various comic techniques Chaplin blended in his films in order to understand the unifying concept f a "Charlie film." The examples are drawn largely from my viewing experience and from Theodore Huff's "An Index to the Films of Charles Chaplin."

Department 1 Awarding Honors Status

English: Literature and Writing

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