The Thousand Gears Named Chaplin & Charlot Mecanique

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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.

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Announcing the Charlie Chaplin Blogathon – Celebrating The Little Tramp

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Calling out all bloggers who have already applied! Please don’t forget to read through the following new segment of our announcement:

Because of copyright issues we kindly ask you to paste the following text somewhere in your blog post if you’re including any images of Chaplin: “All images from Chaplin films made from 1918 onwards, Copyright © Roy Export S.A.S. Charles Chaplin and the Little Tramp are trademarks and/or service marks of Bubbles Inc. S.A. and/or Roy Export”

We would like to turn your attention towards the authorized picture database and YouTube channel of the Chaplin Office where you can access a huge amount of Chaplin-related material. If you’re in need of something you can’t find at any of these addresses, you’re always welcome to contact the Chaplin Office via Facebook or per e-mail.

On top of that, they have offered to post the entries they find outstanding on their own blog at the official Charlie Chaplin website.

Little Bits of Classics

Sir Charles Spencer Chaplin, also known as Charlie or The Little Tramp, was born 129 years ago, on the 16th of April, 1889. Seeing this as an opportunity to celebrate together, Christina Wehner and I have decided to host a blogathon in his honour between the 14th and 16th of April.

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Five Stars – The Favourites of My Favourites

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The following classic movie actors have a special place in my heart because of their ability to make me feel good whenever they appear on the screen. As the national classic movie day has arrived again, I decided to to pay them back some of the happy moments they caused me by listing the things that used to make them happy. Prepare yourselves for some interesting facts about my all-time favourite movie stars!

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My Visit at Chaplin’s World – an Account of the Newly Opened Swiss Museum

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It’s taken me quite some time to finally come around writing this post. Lots of things happened since my visit to Chaplin’s World but it was an experience hard to forget. This newly opened museum is a unique place for every Chaplin fan which we all want to visit some day. I was lucky enough to spend a day in Vevey this July. What I saw, amazed me greatly and I came home with lovely memories that I’m happy to share – even if I’m half a year late!

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The Best Possible All-Star Cast of the Orient Express Back In 1956

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Creating the perfect cast for a movie version of Agatha Christie’s eternal classic, Murder on the Orient Express, is quite a current topic, since Kenneth Branagh is busy assembling his cast for his 2017 release. But what would the perfect cast have looked like if the movie had first been made in 1956? If I had been responsible for choosing the actors, the following poster would have been displayed in front of the cinemas!

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The Costume of the Little Tramp – a Moment of Inspiration or a Huge Theft?

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Almost all of the iconic costumes in cinema history came to life after a long period of planning and perfecting by the most famous costume designers ever. The Little Tramp, according to Chaplin at least, was brought to life quite differently. It all happened in a lonely dressing room, just a couple of minutes before he was needed on the stage. Is it possibly true that one of the most important figures of the movies was born without a moment of planning? Or was Chaplin borrowing elements from fellow comedians and forgot to mention it in his autobiography some 50 years later? Let’s see if we can find out the truth!

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