“The deeper the truth in a creative work, the longer it will live.” - Charlie Chaplin
Happy Birthday to Charlie Chaplin! One of Hollywood’s first major box-office draws, Chaplin was the go-to leading man during the silent film era. Chaplin’s sympathetic and relatable “Tramp” character connected with audiences en masse, proving that filmmaking was not just a cheap fad, but an enduring art form with endless storytelling potential. As the motion-picture industry was quickly expanding, Chaplin and fellow filmmakers D.W. Griffith, Mary Pickford and Douglas Fairbanks felt creatively stifled and cheated out of profits, leading them to unite and form their own production company, aptly titled United Artists, which still exists to this day. Chaplin left an enduring legacy on pop culture as a filmmaker both behind the camera and on-screen, and even as the art form evolves, his impact can still be felt more than a century later.