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How the Visual Direction of Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton Inform Today's Comedies

Many of those with whom I interact on the internet have sent me this fantastic video essay by Tony Zhou in which he eviscerates the experience of watching many popular and successful American comedies for their lack of visual inventiveness. He then goes on to perfectly show why Edgar Wright (dir. Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, World’s End, Scott Pilgrim vs. The World) is an exemplar of comedy direction due to his focus on actually framing exciting, active, and funny frames.

Zhou goes on to break down the tenets of Edgar Wright’s frame that to him, allow for increased visual comedy. Those are: 1) Entering the frame in [...]

The Dictator, Great and Otherwise: Is Sacha Baron Cohen the Modern Charlie Chaplin?

The Guardian's Phil Hoad points out that, not only do Sacha Baron Cohen's The Dictator and Charlie Chaplin's The Great Dictator seem cut from the same cloth, but there are enough similarities between the two comedians that Cohen has essentially picked up Chaplin's comedic mantel, albeit for our modern, naked-man-wrestling sensibilities.

In addition to lampooning their era's respective despots, Hoad draws deep parallels between the naivety and lanky spasticity of Borat and the bumbling innocence of Chaplin's The Little Tramp, asking what other physical comedian commits as well to playing an innocent terror. "Both characters shuffle along on similar lines: the naif, adrift in a [...]

Charlie Chaplin's Only Book to Be Published This Year

A lot of great writers don't get discovered until after their death, and in the case of Charlie Chaplin, some writers don't even get published until almost 40 years after their death. According to THR, the only book Chaplin ever wrote was recently discovered and restored by the Cineteca di Bologna in Italy. Titled Floodlights, the 34,000-word work follows a struggling comedian named Calvero who "vows to stage a comeback and 'rock them with laughter like I used to.'" Chaplin finished the book in 1948 after the slow decline of his own career following a string of films in the 20s and 30s.

According to a spokesman for [...]

Sacha Baron Cohen Pretended to Kill an Old Lady While Receiving an Award This Weekend

Sacha Baron Cohen was award the Charlie Chaplin Award For Excellence In Comedy over the weekend at the annual BAFTA LA Britannia Awards, and he couldn't accept such an honor without pulling off a brutal prank. A woman, who introduced as an 87-year-old actress named Grace Collington who co-starred with Chaplin as a child, gifted Cohen with an original cane of Chaplin's; things got a big violent after that. According to TV Guide, Cohen "dedicated" his award to Collington, saying, "It's obviously a tragedy , but on the bright side what a great way to go. She'll probably make the Oscars In Memoriam section. … Anyway, tonight is not [...]