Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton are the two most prominent figures of early movie comedies and they are often mentioned together as rivals for the “best silent comedian” post. Their relationship is an often-discussed topic and there are several theories floating around. Did they really feel threatened by each other? Or were they friends in reality as some others claim? There’s only one way to discover what is probably the closest to truth. Let’s take a look at this extraordinary relationship with the eyes of those who knew them.
“Chaplin changes! Can you?” – posters heralded all over the world in 1947 before Chaplin’s latest film, Monsieur Verdoux was released. His change was quite a drastic one and it soon turned out that the public wasn’t ready to see their favourite Little Tramp turn into a sarcastic French serial killer.
It would take long pages to list all the women Charlie Chaplin was on intimate terms with, most of them being young, naïve teenagers who were absolutely taken aback by the fact that a movie star has fallen for them. Paulette Goddard started out that way, but in the end, after a relationship lasting for almost ten years, it turned out she wasn’t anything like it. What made Paulette stand out? Why was their marriage so different from all the others in Chaplin’s life? For goodness’ sake, we don’t even know if they were married or not!
Believe it or not, Charlie Chaplin received only three Academy Awards during his lifetime. Two of these were Honorary Awards, the only competitive one being an Oscar for Best Score, which he recieved for a film that was released 20 years before the presentation took place. How could it possibly happen that the story of Chaplin’s Oscars is so muddled? And what were his most famous snubs? All of this will be cleared up in the following paragraphs. Continue reading