Charlie Chaplin the auteur: the comedic modes, political and social commentary present in Modern Times and The Great Dictator

Russell, Andrew (2011) Charlie Chaplin the auteur: the comedic modes, political and social commentary present in Modern Times and The Great Dictator. BA dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Abstract

    This study takes a detailed look at the work of Charles Chaplin to uncover whether he was simply a comedian or more profoundly, a political commentator. When addressing Chaplin’s films it was necessary to regard him as an auteur, and therefore claim the political viewpoint expressed was his own and not the input of another. To develop this idea further, Chapter 1 first looks at the types of comedic modes Chaplin used in his body of work, paying particular attention to those of farce and satire, and the way they are utilised in his films. I then move on to look at two case studies and the political content that these contain. Chapter 2 looks at Modern Times (1936) and Chaplin’s criticism of America as it moved towards a more industrialised and consumerist society. It also looks at Chaplin’s rejection of the developments that were occurring in the film industry at the time, at the reasons for this. Chapter 3 looks at The Great Dictator (1940) and its explicit attack on the Nazi regime, but also its implicit critique of America and the connections this has with Modern Times.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries > School of Media and Performing Arts
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 16 Mar 2012 10:15
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 11:57
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/6907

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