Today many people dream of becoming movie stars. This is both glory and multimillion royalties. From the very beginning of the genre began to appear recognizable actors. Their talents attracted the audience, providing cash to the films. The first comedian to become famous worldwide was Charlie Chaplin.
Until now, it’s not what he remembers, but also revises his films. We laugh at the unlucky man who constantly finds himself in ridiculous situations. Charlie Chaplin knew the whole world, from America and Africa to China.
However, and outside the scene, the actor has lived a rather interesting and full of contradictions life. Among his vivid feats is the desire for teenage girls and the protection of abortions. About the strangest facts of the life of the TV star and will be discussed.
Charlie Chaplin we remember for his roles in touching and naive comedies. But when he appeared in the 1910s, the world looked differently at the manners of the actor. Then his famous gait was considered an abominable, peculiar tramp. And the character’s cane looked as if it was necessary only for lifting up women’s skirts. The first films of actors were low-budget, their quality and level of humor were lower than any criticism. You can remember only the tape taken in 1918 “Dog life”. And in 20 years, in the 1930s, in the films with Chaplin still there were elements of lack of culture.
Strange blood test.
In 1942, the actor got into a loud scandal, almost the most significant in his life. At that time, he recently divorced his next wife and immediately twisted a new romance with a certain Joan Barry. But this relationship did not last long, the actor broke with his mistress. But in 1943, Barry reappeared in his life, claiming that she gave birth to a child from Chaplin. The woman even managed to file a claim for the establishment of paternity. But this thing in 1944, the actor won. For this, he submitted blood tests. It was only the following year that the case was reconsidered. Prosecutor Joseph Smith discovered that the analyzes were falsified. To deny it was pointless – science proved the fact of forgery. Charlie Chaplin had to pay tens of thousands of dollars in material assistance to the child. And this precedent itself forced the local authorities to tighten the law on paternity and put a blood test higher on priority over other evidence.
Charlie Chaplin was not only an actor, but also a director. His first feature-length film, entitled “Kid” was released in 1921. Today, many of his scenes would surprise the viewer, and then the tape became a sensation. In one scene, Rogue flirts with a 12-year-old girl, Lila Gray. At the age of 15, this actress was to be removed in the “Gold Rush”, but became pregnant with a movie star. As a result, Charlie Chaplin was forced to marry a young girl. The film ends with a vagabond kissing a street child. Today it looks shocking. But then the film proved to be an undoubted success of the director, bringing him an impressive income. But during the filming with Chaplin there was an interesting moment – he had to deal with the smuggling of film. The fact is that when the work on the film was coming to an end, the actor was just getting divorced from his first wife. He suspected that his wife would want to get a share from the footage. But his budget was impressive at the time half a million dollars. Then Chaplin decided to secretly transport 122 kilometers of film in coffee banks away from the California court, in Salt Lake City. And for the final installation it was planned to send the tape in the same way in New Jersey. This actor smuggled under an assumed name – so much he wanted to hide from his wife the fruits of his labor.
Sound and silent cinema.
Released in 1927, the film “The Jazz Singer” with Al Johnson in the title role finally convinced the world of cinema that the future behind the films with sound. But Chaplin did not want to leave the niche of the silent cinema that was usual for him. He so despised the new fashion so much that in 1931, in the film “The Lights of the Big City,” he even derided the idea of synchronizing video images and sound.And the last silent film with Chaplin was released in 1936. And only in 1942 kinokumir began to favorably support the sound accompaniment of his films. Later, Chaplin even released a sounded version of his “Gold Rush”. And he liked it so much that he did not even try to update his copyrights to the silent version. So it turned into a public domain. But the further tapes of Chaplin from the point of view of dialogues were extremely oversaturated and heavy. He tried to find a place for conversations in his films, putting them above action. This lesson was extremely revealing for the rest of the directors and writers.
His “best” film.
Today, critics have no doubt that the silent film Chaplin – the best in its genre. Thus, in the rating of the American Institute of Cinematography, the film “The Lights of the Big City” occupies the high 11th place, “Gold Rush” – 58th place, “New Times” – 79th. All of them are in the top 100 films of the last century. But did Charlie Chaplin consider these films his best creations? Strangely enough, but no. In his opinion, his best tape was “Countess from Hong Kong”. Today, not even all fans of Chaplin’s work have heard of such a film. Meanwhile, this is the only color of his product. Starring starring Sophia Loren and Marlon Brando. The Italian played a Russian prostitute, who met the character of Brando. He also forced with blackmail to flee with him to America. But critics and critics disagreed with Chaplin. As a result, the film at the box office failed.
A kick from a communist.
It turns out that since 1946 Charlie Chaplin was officially observed by the FBI, suspecting him of communist views. And things went so far that the US intelligence services even turned to their English colleagues for help. From MI5 it was required to find evidence of the actor’s sympathy for the Communists. In case of impossibility to do this, simply deport Chaplin from the country under any pretext. But the special services could not find any hard evidence of guilt of the actors, but in 1952 he was still banned from entering the US. The cause was the film “Immigrant” as early as 1917. There, the tramp was chained to the wall together with the rest of the immigrants. According to the plot of the film, Chaplin’s character kicked an immigration officer who was passing by. This scene attracted the attention of the head of the FBI Edgar Hoover, it became the basis for the ban on the entry of the actor to America.
Who was hiding behind the mask of the cheerful Rogue? People always wondered what was the real name of Charlie Chaplin, and who he was by origin? Since the 1910s it was said that he was born not in England, but in France, according to rumors his real name was Israel Thornstein. Evidence for this myth was never found, as, in fact, there were no documents testifying to the birth of Chaplin in the territory of Great Britain. The actor himself came to the United States in 1910, but the first immigration records about him were dated only to 1920. Was this a deliberate deception or the consequence of a usual mess when taking into account visitors? The very name of Israel Thornstein arose because of the opinion that Chaplin had Israeli roots. He painfully convincingly played a Jewish hairdresser in the film “Great dictator”.
In 1918, Chaplin decided not to collaborate more with Essanay’s studio, but to start his own career as an independent filmmaker. He was already a celebrity, and his films would attract the viewer, regardless of where and by whom they would have been removed. But the studio Essanay harbored resentment and decided to go to baseness. They found cut footage from the unfinished still feature film “Life”, they mounted a piece of the film based on their own script. Invited outsiders and created a full-fledged tape “Triple trouble”. Charlie Chaplin himself fell into a rage when he saw how bad in his opinion the scenes suddenly fell into the rental. In numerous interviews, the star condemned this film, and his opinion was joined also by film critics.True, when writing his autobiography in 1964, among other works, Charlie Chaplin mentioned this, forgetting about its true “unworthy” origin.
Charlie Chaplin’s Double.
The popularity of the actor led to the appearance in the late 1910s of a strange variety of films – they were made copies of Chaplin. And it was not just copying the famous style just for the sake of the self-pianist. Actors and dressed, and makeup so that they were confused with Chaplin movie distributors. Among these imitators were such personalities as Billy West, Billy Richie and Stan Jefferson. Critics believed that the first though managed to convey the manners of Charlie Chaplin, but he could not repeat his intense emotions. Disney’s salvation and his gratitude.
It turns out that there is a connection between the famous comic and Disney cartoons. Most influential Chaplin had on the classic tape of 1937 “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs”. It was with her that the worldwide glory of the Walt Disney film company began. She ventured, releasing the first full-length animated film in history, but it became a hit, breaking all records on profits. Disney himself admitted that most of the success of the cartoon is due to Charlie Chaplin. He even helped the company to correctly determine the ticket pricing policy. Without such an authoritative adviser Disney felt like a “sheep in the lair of wolves.” If Chaplin knew what would be his help, he would be more cautious. Ten years after the release of the picture, Disney personally spoke in Congress, stating the sprouts of communism in Hollywood. The hint directly pointed to Charlie Chaplin. And in 1947, thanks to Disney, there was a “black list”, where his longtime benefactor got. So Chaplin was deported from the country.