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Chaplin

A pioneer in the world of cinema, the work of Charlie Chaplin (1889–1977) defined the silent film era. While he was not the only master of physical comedy of the day, his Little Tramp character has become the best-known and most-beloved of the day. He helped to stretch the bounds of filmmaking even before synchronized dialogue was added, doing more with the limited technology of the day than many would have done with twice as much. In addition to his work on-screen, he co-founded United Artists with Mary Pickford, Douglas Fairbanks, and D.W. Griffiths, among the earliest filmmakers to seek creative control over their work in an industry that—then and now—has been dominated by financial types. Come inside and explore the world of Chaplin: his life, his art, and his character.