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Charlie Chaplin

Geburtstag: 16. April 1889
Todesdatum: 25. Dezember 1977
Andere Namen:Charles Spencer Chaplin, Sir Charlie Chaplin

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Sir Charles Spencer Chaplin jr., KBE, bekannt als Charlie Chaplin , war ein britischer Komiker, Schauspieler, Regisseur, Drehbuchautor, Schnittmeister, Komponist und Filmproduzent.

Chaplin zählt zu den einflussreichsten Komikern des 20. Jahrhunderts in der Filmgeschichte. Seine bekannteste Rolle ist der „Tramp“. Die von ihm erfundene Figur mit Zweifingerschnurrbart , übergroßer Hose und Schuhen, enger Jacke, Bambusstock in der Hand und Melone auf dem Kopf, mit den Manieren und der Würde eines Gentleman, wurde zu einer Filmikone. Charakteristisch für seine Filme wurde die enge Verbindung zwischen Slapstick-Komödie und ernsten bis tragischen Elementen. Das American Film Institute wählte Chaplin auf Platz 10 der größten amerikanischen Filmlegenden.

Künstlerisch begann er seine Karriere schon als Kind bei Auftritten in der Music Hall. Als Komiker in den frühen Stummfilmkomödien feierte er bald große Erfolge. Als beliebtester Stummfilmkomiker seiner Zeit erarbeitete er sich künstlerische und finanzielle Unabhängigkeit. 1919 gründete er zusammen mit Mary Pickford, Douglas Fairbanks und David Wark Griffith die Filmgesellschaft United Artists. Charlie Chaplin gehörte zu den Gründervätern der US-amerikanischen Filmindustrie – der sogenannten Traumfabrik Hollywood. Der Nähe zum Kommunismus verdächtigt, wurde ihm nach einem Auslandsaufenthalt 1952 während der McCarthy-Ära die unmittelbare Rückkehr in die USA verweigert. Er setzte in Europa seine Arbeit als Schauspieler und Regisseur fort. 1972 nahm er seinen zweiten Ehrenoscar entgegen: Den ersten hatte er 1929 für sein Wirken in dem Film Der Zirkus erhalten, den zweiten erhielt er für sein Lebenswerk. 1973 erhielt er den ersten „echten“ Oscar für die beste Filmmusik zu Rampenlicht .

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„Life is a beautiful, magnificent thing, even to a jellyfish.“

—  Charlie Chaplin
Context: Life is a beautiful, magnificent thing, even to a jellyfish. … The trouble is you won't fight. You've given up. But there's something just as inevitable as death. And that's life. Think of the power of the universe — turning the Earth, growing the trees. That's the same power within you — if you'll only have the courage and the will to use it. Calvero's answer to Terry's question: "What is there to fight for?" in Limelight (1952)

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„Look up to the sky
You'll never find rainbows
If you’re looking down.“

—  Charlie Chaplin
"Swing High Little Girl", opening song written and sung by Chaplin for the 1969 re-release of The Circus (1928) - Full text online http://www.charliechaplin.com/biography/articles/84-Swing-little-girl

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„You'll find that life is still worthwhile, if you just smile.“

—  Charlie Chaplin
Context: Smile though your heart is aching Smile even though its breaking When there are clouds in the sky, you'll get by If you smile with your fear and sorrow Smile and maybe tomorrow You'll find that life is still worthwhile If you just Light up your face with gladness Hide every trace of sadness Although a tear may be ever so near That's the time you must keep on trying Smile, what's the use of crying? You'll find that life is still worthwhile. Lyrics to "Smile", written by John Turner and Geoffrey Claremont Parsons in 1954, the music of which was composed by Chaplin in 1936. - "Smile" music, as used in Modern Times (1936) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ps6ck1ejoAw - "Smile" tribute to Chaplin, as sung by Michael Jackson http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iu-rLA4POkI

„I am what I am: an individual, unique and different“

—  Charlie Chaplin
Context: I am what I am: an individual, unique and different, with a lineal history of an ancestral promptings and urgings, a history of dreams, desires, and of special experiences, of all of which I am the sum total. My Autobiography (p. 271 Simon and Schuster 1964 edition)

„Our knowledge has made us cynical. Our cleverness, hard and unkind. We think too much and feel too little.“

—  Charlie Chaplin
Context: I'm sorry, but I don't want to be an emperor. That's not my business. I don't want to rule or conquer anyone. I should like to help everyone, if possible, Jew, gentile, black man, white. We all want to help one another. Human beings are like that. We want to live by each other's happiness — not by each other's misery. We don't want to hate and despise one another. In this world there is room for everyone. And the good earth is rich and can provide for everyone. The way of life can be free and beautiful, but we have lost the way. Greed has poisoned men's souls, has barricaded the world with hate, has goose-stepped us into misery and bloodshed. We have developed speed, but we have shut ourselves in. Machinery that gives abundance has left us in want. Our knowledge has made us cynical. Our cleverness, hard and unkind. We think too much and feel too little. More than machinery we need humanity. More than cleverness we need kindness and gentleness. Without these qualities, life will be violent and all will be lost. The aeroplane and the radio have brought us closer together. The very nature of these inventions cries out for the goodness in men, cries out for universal brotherhood, for the unity of us all. Even now my voice is reaching millions throughout the world — millions of despairing men, women and little children — victims of a system that makes men torture and imprison innocent people. To those who can hear me, I say — do not despair. The misery that is now upon us is but the passing of greed — the bitterness of men who fear the way of human progress. The hate of men will pass, and dictators die, and the power they took from the people will return to the people and so long as men die, liberty will never perish. Soldiers! Don't give yourselves to brutes — men who despise you — enslave you — who regiment your lives — tell you what to do — what to think or what to feel! Who drill you, diet you, treat you like cattle, use you as cannon fodder. Don't give yourselves to these unnatural men — machine men with machine minds and machine hearts! You are not machines! You are not cattle! You are men! You have the love of humanity in your hearts. You don't hate! Only the unloved hate — the unloved and the unnatural! Soldiers! Don't fight for slavery! Fight for liberty! In the 17th Chapter of St. Luke it is written: "the Kingdom of God is within man" — not one man nor a group of men, but in all men! In you! You, the people have the power — the power to create machines. The power to create happiness! You, the people, have the power to make this life free and beautiful, to make this life a wonderful adventure. Then, in the name of democracy, let us use that power! Let us all unite! Let us fight for a new world, a decent world that will give men a chance to work, that will give youth the future and old age a security. By the promise of these things, brutes have risen to power, but they lie! They do not fulfill their promise; they never will. Dictators free themselves, but they enslave the people! Now, let us fight to fulfill that promise! Let us fight to free the world, to do away with national barriers, to do away with greed, with hate and intolerance. Let us fight for a world of reason, a world where science and progress will lead to all men's happiness. Soldiers! In the name of democracy, let us all unite! [Cheers] Hannah, can you hear me? Wherever you are, look up, Hannah. The clouds are lifting. The sun is breaking through. We are coming out of the darkness into the light. We are coming into a new world, a kindlier world, where men will rise above their hate, their greed and brutality. Look up, Hannah. The soul of man has been given wings, and at last he is beginning to fly. He is flying into the rainbow — into the light of hope, into the future, the glorious future that belongs to you, to me and to all of us. Look up, Hannah. Look up.

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