Presentation on theme: "Charlie Chaplin Gold Rush & City Lights. Gold Rush: Act 1 The Little Fellow o In the klondike to seek his fortune; o Trapped in Black Larsons cabin. Black."— Presentation transcript:
Gold Rush: Act 1 The Little Fellow o In the klondike to seek his fortune; o Trapped in Black Larsons cabin. Black Larson o Fugitive from the law; o Black hearted. Big Jim o A prospector whos found a mountain of gold; o Protects The Little Fellow from Black Larson
Gold Rush: Act 1 The Boot Thanksgiving Perfectionist Chaplin did so many retakes of this scene that the licorice boots made him ill.
Gold Rush: Act 1 Chicken Big Jim hallucinates dinner. Special effects help the gag work.
Gold Rush: Act 2 The Little Fellow o In town to seek his fortune; o Is given a job looking after an miners cabin while hes away. Black Larson o Attacks Big Jim, but then swept over cliff. Big Jim o Lost his memory after being attacked by Black Larson; Georgia o The prettiest Dance Hall girl. Jack o Pushy, wealthy, ladies man; o Likes Georgia.
Gold Rush: Act 2 The Outsider Depth of field and building frame provide picture frame to highlight the little fellows isolation.
Gold Rush: Act 2 The Outsider Chaplin combines honest moments of drama without losing the comic nature of The Little Fellow
Gold Rush: Act 2 The Outsider Silhouette and solarization effects highlight the Little Fellows sense of betrayal.
Gold Rush: Act 2 The Bun Dance This is a film gag that would not work on stage. Chaplin was developing a new form of storytelling.
Gold Rush: Act 3 The Little Fellow o With Big Jim looking for the Mountain of Gold; Big Jim o Promises The Little Fellow a share of his fortune; Georgia o Discovers she true love. Jack o Out of the picture.
Gold Rush: Key Points Extensive use of close-ups. Sophisticated composition. Sophisticated special effects. Film quality and camera mechanism prevented camera movement. Episodic story sequence similar to the 20 minute long shorts Chaplin rose to fame in. Characters other than The Little Fellow are simple caricatures.
City Lights: Act 1 The Little Fellow o A tramp who is mistaken for a millionaire by a blind flower girl. Flower Girl o Living in poverty she supports herself and her grandmother selling flowers on a street corner. Millionaire o A rich drunk, who when sober forgets what he did while he was drunk.
City Lights: Act 1 Justice Chaplin mocks the sound films of the time and provides a visual comment on the impact of Justice on the common man.
City Lights: Act 3 Love at first sight Charles Chaplin reshot the scene 342 times, as he could not find a satisfactory way of showing that the blind flower-girl thought that the mute tramp was wealthy
City Lights Chaplin's films age so well, I think, because his situations grow out of basic human hungers such as lust, greed, avarice. Those are the hungers on the other side, of course -- the side inhabited by policemen, millionaires, mayors and boxing promoters. All Charlie sends up against them Is his little Tramp, eternally hopeful, concerned only with escaping from the dilemma of the moment. Roger Ebert / February 25, 1972
City Lights: Key Points Extensive use of close-ups. Sophisticated composition. Sophisticated plot development. Sophisticated ending. Characters other than The Little Fellow are simple caricatures.