Posts tagged ‘charles chaplin’

Charlie Chaplin: Pictorial of the Month

“The little fellow,” Vanity Fair once wrote, “was not a small man.”

Indeed, there are movie stars. There are superstars. There are legends. And then there’s Charlie Chaplin.

He was born on April 16, 1889 in south London at a time when poverty was rife, housing was scarce,  and low-income tenements had decomposed into dirty, overcrowded slums. Charlie knew such poverty intimately during his unstable childhood and spent most of it in and out of workhouses and schools for the poor while his mother, a failed singer, bounced in and out of sanitariums. His entire life-course was to be a product (whether directly or indirectly) of the desperation of deprivation. Read more ►