Open Access Graduate Research Paper
This paper examines Charles Chaplin, an individual who influenced comedic style through the medium of silent film. By his unique characterization and performance skills he was not only able to popularize himself as a comic but he was further able to heighten the audience's acceptance of what was then a new medium--film. Chaplin was to become an acknowledged 'king' of film comedy and no imitation could compete with his comedic style. The focus of this study is on the influences which combined to produce Chaplin's unique comedic talents. Chaplin was European-born (in London, 1819). His parents were both performers of stage comedy. The styles and techniques employed by European performance traditions were therefore Chaplin's major source of influence. There were, however, many individuals and elements that went together to create the 'Little Fellow.'
Year of Submission
Master of Arts
Department of Curriculum and Instruction
Roger A. Kueter
Robert R. Hardman
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©1981 Nancy Reynolds
Reynolds, Nancy, "Chaplin" (1981). Graduate Research Papers. 3237.