George Bernard Shaw once referred to Charlie Chaplin as "the only genius to ever come out of the film industry." The compliment could apply equally to Chaplin's unprecedented popularity as to the exacting control he exerted over nearly every means of production. Chaplin wrote, directed, edited, produced, starred in, even scored his films, and his improvisational, sketch-based approach to his features helped ensure that he dictated the nature of each individual scene. We will view a selection of works by this master craftsman whose simplicity disguised an ability to work a crowd as effectively as (and with far more grace than) Hitchcock ever could. Film list includes: The Kid (1921), The Gold Rush (1925), The Circus (1928), City Lights (1931), Modern Times (1936), The Great Dictator (1940), Monsieur Verdoux (1947), and Limelight (1952).
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