Oh, this should be interesting.
As many of you know, we’re upon the 100th Anniversary of Charlie Chaplin appearing in film. As you also already know, he’s one of the most iconic entertainers of all time. In any medium. He’s just as relevant today as he ever was – maybe moreso, in terms of full-fledged influence and all-encompassing importance. In short, he is a Titan of Humanity.
But here’s the thing: I don’t really care.
OK, that’s a little misleading. I respect Chaplin’s contributions to the medium and profession I love. I just don’t revere him like I probably should. I saw a couple of his films in college. I enjoyed them. I’ve felt no need to revisit or seek out more. On the same side of the die, I also respect and admire the Silent Film Era…but I’m not really much of a silent film guy. I’m an appreciator, but hardly a fan. Though I will admit a throbbing pleasure for all things THE CABINET OF DR. CALIGARI.
Use your words to tell me why I should care more, why I’m very stupid, why I should have my Film Nerd card revoked. Convince me that I should worship Chaplin in the way you do. I am up for having my mind tweaked in this regard.
Let me know by Noon PST this Wednesday 30 January, either in the comments here or on Twitter (@DrGMLaTulippe). I realize that’s short notice, but you’re short people. Neener.