Charlie Chaplin: A Life In Film by Richard Schickel

By Richard Schickel

Charlie Chaplin—beloved by means of his iteration, approximately forgotten today—was a cinematic visionary in unending clash together with his occasions. It seems, mythical movie critic Richard Schickel argues, that his existence used to be way more attention-grabbing than any of the Little Tramp's adventures. Here's his tale.

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It is artful because it accomplishes a recognizable artistic function, such as establishing mood, enhancing characterization, adding realistic detail, or creating pictorial beauty. For this reason, the ASC was not interested in encouraging its members to innovate at all costs. Instead, the ASC encouraged its members to adopt time-honored techniques for establishing mood, enhancing characterization, and so on. In other words, the ASC hoped to increase the conventionality of Hollywood cinematography.

Quite the contrary—the fact that it offers an idealized presentation of cinematography makes such writing a useful source for an analysis of cinematographers’ ideals. ”7 These essays are invaluable because they explicitly 17 Lighting in the Silent Period foreground issues of class identity. In so doing, they help us understand how the desire to enter the professional classes helped shape cinematographic practices. Like many cinematographers (particularly the ones who were formerly assistants), the fictional Jimmy comes from the working class, but (unlike the members of the ASC) he seems to be eternally trapped in this status.

For Rosen, artistic lighting is not necessarily beautiful or innovative. Rather, artistic lighting is expressive, enhancing the emotions of the story. In a different journal, cinematographer Harry Fischbeck used the painting metaphor to link the art of cinematography to another traditional definition of art: art as illusion. ”28 The illusion is not simply a matter of mechanics. Like a painter, the cinematographer creates an image of a three-dimensional world through his skillful manipulation of light and shade.

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