A quote by Charles Chaplin, the irrepressible, Academy Award winning English comedian. In a review of the book Chaplin: A Life (2008), Martin Sieff writes:

“Chaplin was not just ‘big’, he was gigantic. In 1915, he burst onto a war-torn world bringing it the gift of comedy, laughter and relief while it was tearing itself apart through World War I. Over the next 25 years, through the great depression and the rise of Hitler, he stayed on the job. He was bigger than anybody. It is doubtful any individual has ever given more entertainment, pleasure and relief to so many human beings when they needed it the most.”

039_70230charlie-chaplin-postersI love his early stuff and ‘The Kid‘ and ‘The Great Dictator‘, which at the time was extremely controversial; it was his first talking picture and it bitterly made fun of Nazism and Adolf Hitler. Chaplin grew up in poverty with a mother that was mentally ill. He was a great man, honored with several awards AND his trusty character ‘the tramp’ had awesome style. PS. Watch ‘Chaplin‘ from 1992 with Robert Downey Jr to get a crash course.


  1. Signe Kassow

    Hi Joe,

    Thanks for your comment, my contributor Amalie wrote this post, but I just checked and you are right, there is no evidence that he was Jewish! thanks for letting me know, I have now updated the post.


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