<Movie - Modern Times>
One day while channel surfing I accidentally came across the 1936 film Modern Times. As I recalled watching Modem Times from the first time when I was young, it was a funny movie. The next time I saw the movie I was able to see the criticism and satire on how society lives a mechanical life. In the movie, the character Charlie works every tightening the screws in a factory. He suffers from an obsession to tighten everything that he sees. Later he goes to a psychiatric hospital, where he wanders out into the streets and is swept away by protesters. Shortly after he goes to jail for a few years. After his release he helps a beautiful girl who had lost her parents. He is works at a cafe with her but winds up on the streets. Despite the ordeal, and he laughed without despair.
The movie is a beautiful journey that visits a girl and Charlie's happiness. If you ask the most famous work s of Chaplin, you will hear Modem Times. The film is a black and white silent movie without subtitles. This further adds to the charm of the film. If Chaplin was alive today, he would surely be a satirist on the information-oriented of today. I can be confident that he would be really funny if he made movies of current social issues. When I compare my recent viewing of Modem Times to when I saw it as a kid, Charlie Chaplin became much more human. Despite the adversity that he faced, he was still able to bring us to smile
Modem Times is a most impressive film to me.
<Song - Smile>
Smile is a song composed by Charlie Chaplin. This serene song is the same music played at the end of the movie Modern Times. Later, John Turner and Geoffrey Parsons added lyrics and sang this song. After that Smile was sang again by many musicians in several different versions including Nat King Cole, Michael Jackson and West Life. Many musicians did remakes of the song. My favorite version is Michael Jackson's remake.
Charlie Chaplin came to the US after he had been acting for twenty years. Once while receiving a spec -ial prize at an awards ceremony, Charlie Chaplin cr-ied. Everyone in attendance then shouted, “Smile, don’t cry! Smile, like this!” He then smiled which seemed to have the power to make everyone laugh. The message of the Smile lyrics seems to capture the spirit of Charlie Chaplin. Here is an excerpt of the song, “Brilliant sunshine will shine again tomorrow. Smile, even if your heart is sore. Smile, even though now the sky is full of clouds”. Chaplin said that when we experience fear, pain and sorrow we should make a greater effort to find a way to be happier in that situation. Even when you undergo trials, if you find a happy reason for living and you are happy with that, life will be better than ever. When you later recalled that difficult time, the pain will seem so insignificant that you laugh.
<Book - Charlie Chaplin, My Autobiography>
Charlie Chaplin, My Autobiography was published by Chaplin in 1964 when he was the age of 75. Despite the fact that he was 75 years old, he was still able to write about his life in detail. While reading this book I shed tears several times. Due to the Industrial Revolution and colonial pioneering Britain became the richest country in the world. The gap between the rich and the poor was worse than before. The poor had to endure a difficult life. Charlie Chaplin's parents were divorced and his mother who was an actress, lost her voice and suffered from psychosis.
Chaplin chose to be a comedian actor because acting was his family’s background. Charlie Chaplin was committed to acting in comedy starting at the age of 8. It was the only way to overcome the poverty of his body and mind. His difficulties in life made him stronger and that is where he drew strength from to do well as a comedian actor. Chaplin's life was not calm while he was acting. He was deported from the United States, and was married four times. Chaplin’s life does not seem like it was very happy but he always said, “If you have the right perspective, you can be happy even when you are suffering. Turning the perspective, you can be happy even in suffering”. He probably found this wisdom through his suffering. Through several masterpieces he gave a lot of inspiration and consolation to millions of people.