And the Little Tramp is Born

In an interview in 1933, Chaplin explained how he came up with the look of the Tramp: “A hotel set was built for (fellow Keystone comic) Mabel Normand‘s picture Mabel’s Strange Predicament and I was hurriedly told to put on a funny make-up. This time I went to the wardrobe and got a pair of baggy pants, a tight coat, a small derby hat and a large pair of shoes. I wanted the clothes to be a mass of contradictions, knowing pictorially the figure would be vividly outlined on the screen. To add a comic touch, I wore a small mustache which would not hide my expression. My appearance got an enthusiastic response from everyone, including Mr. Sennett. The clothes seemed to imbue me with the spirit of the character. He actually became a man with a soul – a point of view. I defined to Mr. Sennett the type of person he was. He wears an air of romantic hunger, forever seeking romance, but his feet won’t let him.”

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Source: Wikipedia

Bonus Track: How to dress like The Tramp

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Published in: on March 21, 2009 at 3:50 pm  Comments (1)  

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  1. Chaplin has been my icon. There was another man, an Indian, whom I consider icon with lots of similarities with Chaplin. No, he was not a copy of Chaplin, but one of his own. If you are interested, can have a look:

    http://arghyatext.blogspot.in/2012/07/ode-to-entertainment-charlie-chaplin.html

    Thanks.


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