This is a very special post which I was asked to publish as part of the Charlie Chaplin Blogathon which Christina Wehner and I have been hosting over the weekend. Both of the articles were written by an enthusiastic young fan of Chaplin who approaches Chaplin’s art from a literary point of view. If you scroll down you can read a short extract from his play whose exciting plot focuses on the most important events of Chaplin’s life.
Almost every artist agrees that it’s easy to begin a work of art but it’s much harder to give it a good finish. When looking at Chaplin’s career, the same tendency can be seen. The final scenes of his movies were often reshot, reimagined and reconstructed, marked by drastic changes and sudden decisions. This time, I’m going to have a closer look at five of his films where the endings we know of today might not be the ones originally intended.