||[Jun. 2nd, 2006|09:51 am]
Swanson does a great impression of Chaplin in Sunset Boulevard. But then everybody in the first half of the 20th century had a Chaplin impression up their sleeve. It's one reason why those early Chaplin movies seem so faded. He toddles, he runs, he falls over. Huh! Anybody could do that!|
But watch the other actors on screen with him; they're so klutzy, so puddingy. They over-signal the jokes, they mug at the camera; they're an embarrassment.
This is before the first world war, remember. No-one's at home with the camera yet
Except for Charlie. He's so precise, so swift. Not a gesture is wasted. He zips, he zings, he flies.