Thursday, May 12, 2011

Behind The Screen (1916)

While I'm working through the films of 1916 in preparation for my next Silent Oscars essay, here's one of the short comedies Charlie Chaplin made that year while working at Mutual. In Behind The Screen, Chaplin plays a stagehand at a film studio, a story inspired by his experiences working for Mack Sennett.

This particular print is rather beat up, but it's available free through the courtesy of the Internet Movie Database.


mister muleboy said...

I read that a 2011 silent movie was a huge success at Cannes.

Mythical Monkey said...

Now this I'd like to see. According to the article, The Artist is a brand new movie set in Hollywood around the time of The Jazz Singer and follows the career of an aging matinee idol as sound renders him irrelevant.

The more I get into silent movies (around 680 at this point), the more I find myself wishing silent films were a current-day option. "Why are they talking so much? Shut up, and get on with the movie!"