aka Charlie Chaplin's Burlesqueon Carmen (1915) (USA: complete title)
Charles Chaplin, My Autobiography, 383.
Georgia Hale got the role instead and gained the distinction of being the first leading lady to replace Edna Purviance.
Charlie and Lita had two children during the marriage, Charles Chaplin Jr.
With Charles Chaplin, Paulette Goddard, Henry Bergman, Tiny Sandford
Asymmetrical in form, his derby hat rests upon his head at an angle, its slant accentuated by the straightness of his suspenders and the forced lines of his tight buttoned coat. Air fluffs his baggy pants, which seem to tighten like a balloon knot at his ankles, where his oversized shoes oblige his feet to point outward, causing him to waddle when he walks. Balancing himself, he carries a bamboo cane that retains his posture. Looking as though the once sweet life passed him by, his garb is tattered and his eyes dark, but his mustache is short and trimmed, and his demeanor is always gentlemanly. And yet, his good manners are married with a liberated sense of freedom and severance, displacing him as an outsider reliant only on his most human instincts. His appearance reflects this station, giving him an uneven silhouette, albeit immediately familiar and identifiable. This is the Tramp. This is Charles Chaplin. More than an iconographic image of early cinema magic, more than a comedic pantomime or sentimentalist director, Charlie Chaplin provoked thought with his tender comedies. His ingenious 1934 picture Modern Times confirms this by illustrating how the human condition drops in the wake of industry and technological advancement. His foreword: “Modern Times.” A story of industry, of individual enterprise—humanity crusading in the pursuit of happiness. Chaplin suggests the common man must not only fight for contentment, but in an industrial era combat against burgeoning commerce progressing each moment beyond the need for individuals.
Charlie Chaplin | Welcome to My Magick Theatre | Page 4
Charlie Chaplin’s Modern Times, an entertaining piece at the surface, also serves as a political and social commentary criticizing the flourishing industrialization, commercialization, and commoditization of big-business America, which has developed at the expense of the everyday citizen.
Charlie Chaplin, at Home in Switzerland - The New York Times
Chaplin’s Modern Times criticizes the growing industrial and mechanical nature of society through hyperbolic actions by the main character and varying reactions thereafter.