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A Young Chaplin!

Written by: George Chittenden : 25 Jun 2019

This colourised photo of Charlie Chaplin was taken in 1916 when he was 27 years old. Personally I’ve always been a fan of Chaplin’s work, and this is a reminder that we all have to start somewhere. Chaplin rose to fame in the silent film era and became one of the most famous filmmakers and actors on Earth. His childhood years in London are a tale of poverty and hardship. His father was absent, and his mother struggled financially, resulting in Charlie being sent to a workhouse twice before the age of nine. At the tender age of just fourteen his mother was committed to a mental asylum.

Charlie continued to pursue his career, and at nineteen he signed a film deal that first took him to America. It was Chaplin’s Tramp persona that made him a mega-star. Whilst playing the bumbling fool on screen Chaplin negotiated a contract that amounted to $670,000 a year, making him one of the highest paid people in the entire world at the age of 26. The Great Dictator, is regarded as one of Chaplin’s best films, and in the film Chaplin satirised Hitler and attacked fascism. He had been developing the film for two years and began filming six days after Britain declared war on Germany in 1939.

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