Charlie Chaplin, born on April 16th,1889,was one of the best actors of all times but not only…he was also a director, screenwriter, composer and film producer! The character around which he built a large part of his scripts, and who gave him universal fame, was that of the “vagabond” Charlot (The Tramp). In the 1910s and 1920s he was considered the most famous person on the planet. The humanistic revolt, sometimes nostalgic and sentimental, sometimes comic and mocking, against the injustices of modern capitalist society made Charlot’s mask the emblem of human alienation in the era of economic and industrial progress.
Bowler hat, stick and shoes by Charlot, are exhibited by the Fondation de Musée Chaplin, at Chaplin’s World, Corsier-sur-Vevey, Vaud, Switzerland. Chaplin was one of the most creative and influential personalities in silent cinema. His working life in the entertainment field spanned over 76 years. He began acting on stage at the age of nine.In 1913,he accepted an employment contract for Mack Sennett’s Keystone film company. During his time at Keystone, he began writing and directing some of the films he starred in. In 1918, Chaplin began producing his films, distributing them. His most famous films are The Kid, The Gold Rush, Modern Times and The Great Dictator. In the late 1940s and early 1950s, Chaplin was accused of being a Communist sympathizer, which he denied. He remained a British subject and, during a trip to England in 1952 to attend the premiere of his film Limelight, his American re-entry permit was revoked.Chaplin eventually settled in Switzerland, where he remained for the rest of his life. He made his last two films in England. Charles Chaplin died in Vevey, Switzerland on Christmas Day 1977.