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Chaplin, Dickens and Cervantes: plenty in common

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“Life is a tragedy when seen in close-up but a comedy when seen in long shot”, used to say Chaplin (Internet Source 1). More than thirty years after his death he still remains one of the most important cinema icons of all times. His biographers say that when Chaplin was a little boy he decided to be a comic after observing his mother representing theatre scenes while he was sick in bed. In 1912 he went to the USA and became the first actor to appear in Time magazine (1925) becoming the biggest cinema icon in the world. His political inclinations crashed against the Committee of Anti-American Activities, that saw in Modern Times (1936) and The Great Dictator (1940) communist content. In addition, his marriages to very young women caused him much trouble against the establishment. His life always had a tragicomic misfortune even after his death.On 3rd March, 1978 his body was taken from the local cemetery and found two months later.
Chaplin´s career and films have been analysed in many …