Tag Archives: Charlie Chaplin

Quote of the Day: Ricky Gervais

13 Oct
Jonathan Ross at Live 8

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“If people are given a chance to appreciate more sophisticated things, then they would. I think that’s true in all walks of life. You know, it’s an acquired taste, and the best things are an acquired taste.”

– Ricky Gervais, The Ricky Gervais Show

 

I think this really sums up how comics (and all media) need to avoid the lazy out of pandering to the lowest common denominator, and instead strive to produce more sophisticated work that can both entertain and inform. (The webcomic Hark! A Vagrant is a terrific example of this; more on this soon.)

The success of South Park, The Simpsons, and Family Guy (among others) is that they appeal on several different levels: they can have ridiculously stupid humor while generating brilliant commentary. Charlie Chaplin’s genius was revealed in doing this in films like The Immigrant. Walt Disney and his animators did this in The Skeleton Dance and The Band Concert (and, later, Fantasia): Continue reading

WORDS ‘N’ PICTURES: Criterion’s Incredible Cover to THE GREAT DICTATOR

4 Oct

JUST LOOK AT IT:

The Great Dictator Criterion cover

This edition was released back in May – I must have missed it because I’ve got the previous DVD edition, which is also excellent.

Charlie Chaplin made several good films after The Great Dictator, but this is his final masterpiece. Chaplin was the first major filmmaker to have the balls to criticize Hitler, well before the U.S. was ready to enter World War II. If you haven’t seen it, do it now – it’s one of the greatest films of all time!

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