This week I read about Charlie Chaplin. The comic artist is a well-renowned icon in cinematography, and he rose to fame doing silent films. Chaplin’s films are quite entertaining, yet the actors do not make any sound. Regardless of the viewers’ nationality or ethnicity, they are entertained when they watch Chaplin’s scripts.
Short-form journal entry – Tuesday
As I walked along a street, I saw some posters advertising a charity talent show. I was eager to know more, so I decided to attend the event. The event’s theme was nurturing talented youths in spoken word, singing, and choreography, among other talents.
Short-form journal entry – Wednesday
I had a conversation about how performing arts has created employment for many people. In the contemporary world, a significant proportion of successful individuals get their income from the performing arts industry. Society has come to theatre as not only an art but a profession.
In this week’s journal summation, I will expand on Charlie Chaplin’s impact on theatre arts. Chaplin is honored for the humor and print he left in the comedy realm. He was an excellent star in the silent film era and would leave the audience in a riot of laughter. Chaplin’s career span lasted 70 years, and during this period, he delivered great and memorable performances. It has been over 40 years since the passing of Chaplin, but his work is still relevant. It is undebatable that Chaplin significantly influenced performing art as we know it and shaped it into a profitable industry.
Before the 19th century, motion pictures were non-existence; therefore, performing artists only had to perform to live audiences. The invention of motion pictures was a game-changer that revolutionized the world. Geniuses such as Chaplin used the medium to create stardom. Motion pictures helped Chaplin create a celebrity cult on a global level (Liulevicius). This was something totally new because, in the preceding era, even kings were not easily recognized. As many people could watch Chaplin, he became famous globally, and people realized that comedy could generate income. In the 18th century, performing artists made minimum wage because they could only entertain people within their small social circle. Chaplin showed how this small social circle could be turned into the whole globe.
Most of the films that Chaplin made were silent and managed to capture the attention of many people. The actor’s performance cut across borders and brought people from diverse races together. Chaplin was an intelligent clown who mastered the skill of making movies at a time when there was no one to learn it from (Irwin). Young minds thirst for comic ideas benefits a lot from Chaplin. He made way for many performing artists by showing them what is attainable and how it can be achieved. The use of motion pictures to create comic content was something new, but Chaplin took a shot and emerged a victor. If current performing artists emulate such an attitude, what they can attain is infinite.
Charlie Chaplin is remembered as a legend because of his achievements in filmmaking. The artist is also appreciated for the inspiration he gives aspiring artists. The success he reaped is enough motivation for talented youths to follow his footprints. He shows that comedy is timeless as most of his films were made in the 19th century, but they are still watched to date. The implication of this is that the output of performing artists is priceless, and society should learn to treasure and preserve it for future generations.
In conclusion, Chaplin’s impact on theatre arts is undoubtedly enormous. Some of the current movie stars draw inspiration from him. Some films borrow direct ideas from Chaplin’s films. He rose to fame at a time when there was no another like him. Of course, there were other artists and comedians, but none was as famous as him. Truly Chaplin’s biograph is evidence that performing art is essential in societal development.
Irwin, Bill. “Chaplin, Inventing Modern Times: How a Classic Clown Keeps Inspiring Comedy.” The New York Times, 9 Apr. 1989, www.nytimes.com/1989/04/09/arts/chaplin-inventing-modern-times-how-a-classic-clown-keeps-inspiring.html. Accessed 23 Sept. 2021.
Liulevicius, Vejas G. “The Impact of Motion Pictures on Society.” The Great Courses Daily, 13 Oct. 2020, www.thegreatcoursesdaily.com/the-impact-of-motion-pictures-on-society/. Accessed 23 Sept. 2021.