Why Charlie Chaplin is called a Tragic Comedian

“Charles Chaplin is the greatest film artist in motion-picture history. He is to the movies what Shakespeare is to the drama.”

This is how historian Gerald Mast addressed the most sought after comedian back in 1920’s. This is a clear attestation of how this humorist made the world bow at his wit during his time.

Charles Spencer “Charlie” Chaplin grew up in miserable scarcity when he was born on April 16, 1889 in England. With his parents as music antechamber performers, the young Charlie inherited this trade and was no choice provoked to sustain a living at a very young age. Having an alcoholic father and a mother with intellectual illness he grew up with a lot of hardships

 He got his break in the limelight when comedy director Mack Sennett spotted him while on a tour in the United States of America. At the age of 25, he made his first appearance under Keystone Studios. Taking the opportunities in making short comedies, Charlie became triumphant and prosperous. Here he developed his vagabond persona and shaped a large fan base. In 1920’s he started engaging himself to feature length motion-pictures. Taking complete care over his films, he launched The Kid in 1921 followed by A Woman of Paris in 1923, The Gold Rush in 1925 and The Circus in 1928.

Neglecting the demand of sound movies, Charles produced two films without dialogues namely City Lights (1931) and Modern Times (1936). His career had been rough during the 1940’s because of his film The Great Dictator where it features the satirized Adolf Hitler. He was then alleged of giving too much sympathy to communists. The situation was worsen when his involvement in much younger women and paternity suit were made open on the public people.

Caused by an FBI investigation upon him, he was forced to leave the U.S. for Switzerland. Chaplin had always been a perfectionist. His films were focused mainly on Tramp struggling adjacent to misfortunes. He received an Honorary Academy Award in 1972 for his exceptional works.

Because of Charlie’s different approach in comedy he was recognized by the world and was offered a lot of opportunities. At the age of 26 he was considered to be one of the top paid people. Even after his death in 1977, the industry continues to recognize the history he made.

Having a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6751 was his second greatest achievement in imparting happiness and entertainment to his audience.

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