Monday, 3 February 2014

LETTERS OF NOTE: Charlie Chaplin

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Today's Letter of Note concerns one of cinema's first and biggest icons: Charlie Chaplin.

Back in 1914, Chaplin was on the cusp of being a superstar. At the beginning of that year, he had made his debut in Making a Living; by the end of it he had appeared in 36 films for Keystone Studios, 19 of which he had written and directed. In August 1914, as Europe began to face the ravages of World War I, Chaplin was weighing up whether to stay with Keystone or sign to another of the many studios trying to woo him.
Buoyed by his increasing popularity, Chaplin wrote a very excited letter to his brother, which you can read in full here. For more Chaplin content, check out my review of Iron Sky, which uses The Great Dictator in one of its plot points (albeit unsuccessfully).

Daniel

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