Of course, this was a simplification as comedians tended to toss around anything they could get their mitts on: Synopsis[ edit ] The film takes place in a silent movie studio. Chaplin famously feared that the mystery and romanticism of the Tramp character would be ruined if he spoke, and feared it would alienate his fans in non-English speaking territories.
One intertitle humorously refers to the pie-throwing gimmick as "a new idea. The pie-throwing sequence is an obvious allusion to the Keystone style of slapstick comedies where such skirmishes were overly common.
Our hero manages to nearly ruin several productions with his klutziness but he is the only worker to stay when the others go on strike. He also shot enormous amounts of material, fretting over and perfecting gags only to cut them from the final product.
Released on DVD and Bluray. A chaotic climax that was designed to be the Sennett style exaggerated.
Chaplin being a work slave; Campbell seated, relaxing, snoozing while "supervising. Meanwhile, Charlie is a stagehand who is constantly terrorized by his bullying boss Eric Campbell, of course.
When he gives her a series of quick kisses, the action is seen by Goliath who makes effeminate gestures at David. Disguised as a man, she gets a job as a stagehand too. Why not make a behind-the-scenes film to poke fun at how the sausages were made at other studios? Most of the film was shot at "silent speed", 18 frames per second, which when projected at "sound speed", 24 frames per second, made the slapstick action appear even more frenetic.
If there was one pie thrown, why not dozens? Pass the Custard ByCharlie Chaplin had been making movies for two years and his meteoric rise was continuing unabated.
Aside from the comedy interludes, BEHIND THE SCREEN offers a look back at movie directing back in the early days of motion picture making and the type of humor most commonly found that had audiences in roaring with laughter, forgetting what the plot is all about in the first place.
When I watch one of his films, I am constantly surprised by how magical he is on the screen. Raksin later created scores for such films as Laura and The Day After.
I think that comes through even a century after their release. Sign in to vote. For a change from their previous efforts, Chaplin and Campbell assume character names best describing their physical beings, David and Goliath. Always fun to see these two together.
The routine was accomplished by walking backwards and then reversing the film, a fairly common technique that often looks strange and awkward. Most circulated copies that appeared on public television in the sixties and seventies consisted of ragtime music and sound effects lifted from s reissues.
A quick note on movie pie fights: A darn shame as I think it is the funniest gag in the whole picture. Chaplin signed on with Mutual for an unprecedented sum. Chaplin, though, remains the biggest draw. Purviance, whose character in Mary Pickford-type appearance, is introduced in the very first scene asking a director, "Can I be an actress, please?
After the workers go on strike for being awaken after having lunch, David and Goliath remain loyal to their jobs. Was this review helpful? As usual, Chaplin and Campbell make a wonderful pair of opposites: Edna Purviance is her usual game self, Eric Campbell is suitably bullying and Albert Austin as his usual quirky self as another stagehand."Behind the Screen" is an excellent Charlie Chaplin short feature, with plenty of good slapstick and much more.
The setting, with Charlie working as a hired hand in a movie-making operation, lends itself to a lot of good comedy, and there are plenty of standard gags plus a lot of material that. Dec 23, · Watch video · Behind the Screen, a short film written and directed by Charlie Chaplin also starring Eric Campbell and Edna Purviance.
In the film which takes place in a movie studio, Chaplin plays a stagehand named David while Campbell ("Goliath") plays his supervisor.
A refinement of his earlier comedies set in a film studio (A Film Johnnie and The Masquerader for Keystone in and His New Job for Essanay in ), Behind the Screen, Chaplin’s seventh film for Mutual, lampoons the unmotivated slapstick of the kind Chaplin disliked when he worked for Mack Sennett.
Nov 13, · Directed by Charles Chaplin. With Charles Chaplin, Edna Purviance, Eric Campbell, Albert Austin. Charlie is an overworked labourer at a film studio who helps a young woman find work even while his coworkers strike against his tyrannical boss.7/10(2K). Oct 23, · Behind the Screen is not Chaplin’s best film and it lacks the depth of some of his other work at Mutual but it is a great deal of fun to watch.
Behind-the-scenes movies are always a kick because we get to peek behind the curtain and see the magicians at work. Charlie Chaplin was the ideal actor for members of the Soviet avant garde, who cherished the circus and music hall, and constructivist architects drew .Download