Sir Charles Spencer Chaplin, KBE (Knight Commander of the order of the British Empire) was an excellent English actor and filmmaker born in England. Chaplin is the greatest artist of the silent screen, the most eloquent master of mime, and the simplest, most essential, and most touching of comedians with a career spanning for 75 years. He got the international recognition through his screen persona ‘The Tramp’.
Chaplin co-founded a distribution company which gave him complete control and freedom over his movies. Here are some of the great movies directed and acted by Charlie Chaplin.
The Kid (1921)
The Kid is an American silent-comedy movie. It was Charlie Chaplin’s first full-length movie and proved to be a huge success. The story is about a tramp-played by Charlie Chaplin who takes care of an orphaned child played Jackie Coogan, that he finds on the street. The movie is crammed full of gags and laughs and has become an important part of film history.
The Gold Rush (1925)
The Gold Rush is an American comedy movie and is set in the period of the Klondike Gold Rush which Charlie Chaplin in his ‘Little Tramp’ role. He showcased his classic tramp character with his cane, derby, distinctive walk, tight shabby suit and moustache. It was Chaplin’s favourite movie. Chaplin is cast as a romantic idealist and lone gold prospector at the turn of the century.
City Lights (1931)
City lights was an unusual silent movie that was released at a time when ‘talking movies’ were taking Hollywood by storm. Chaplin as the Little Tramp falls in love with a blind girl who sells flowers on the street. The movie is really a social commentary like most of Chaplin’s movies and dwells on how society treats poor people.
Modern Times (1936)
Modern Times is another American silent comedy movie which is a satire of the Machine Age in which Chaplin stars as an assembly-line worker driven insane by the monotony of his job. It is a political commentary on the industrialized world, and one of the Chaplin’s best-loved films. Other star casts of the movie include Paulette Goddard and Henry Bergman.
The Great Dictator (1940)
The Great Dictator is another classic from Charlie Chaplin. It is political satire comedy-drama set in the period between two World Wars. It is Chaplin’s first ‘all-talking’ feature. The movie is a satire on Nazi Germany where a poor Jewish barber is mistaken for the dictator Adenoid Hynkel played by Chaplin. It was nominated for 5 Academy Awards including Best Actor.