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100 Years of Chaplin’s Tramp

On February 7, 1914, one of the most iconic characters in the history of film made his first appearance onscreen: an odd, unnamed figure who was initially introduced to the world in the Mack Sennett-produced Keystone comedy¬†Kid Auto Races at Venice. The creator of the “Tramp” persona, Charlie Chaplin, was as green a film performer…

Wednesday Smiles from Charlie Chaplin

Through a random course of events, I received the following in my email this morning. It made me smile, and so I thought I would share it with you, our readers. Recently, I have learned a little bit about dog freestyling, which I enjoy partially because I grew up with dressage. However, more relevant to…

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A smile and a tear: The Kid (1921)

A young, unmarried woman (Edna Purviance) gives birth in a charity hospital. Distraught and abandoned by the baby’s father, she leaves the child in the back of an expensive automobile along with a note imploring the owner of the car to care for the new orphan. Later, she reconsiders her rash action and returns to…

Early Hollywood Costume Design: A Brief Overview

In the early days of the film industry, the fledgling production studios had not yet established the massive industrial complex of Hollywood movie-making. Films were created almost piecemeal, thrown together in a matter of days in order to keep fresh material in front of fickle audiences. There was little room in the budget for an…