Showing posts with label quotes. Show all posts
Showing posts with label quotes. Show all posts

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Yet another quote that's being falsely attributed to Charlie

"Your naked body should only belong to those who fall in love with your naked soul." --Charlie Chaplin in a letter to his daughter, Geraldine.
This quote is part of a longer letter that you can read on the internet if you just search under the quote. Evidently, the real letter was written by an Iranian journalist 30+ years ago--not Charlie Chaplin!

To see more fake Chaplin quotes, click here

Friday, August 30, 2013

Five quotes falsely attributed to Charlie Chaplin

"A day without laughter is a day wasted"*

"I love walking in the rain so no one can see me crying."

"The mirror is my best friend, because when I cry it never laughs"

 "As I began to love myself..." Here's the rest.

"Life is a play that does not allow testing. So, sing, cry, dance, laugh and live intensely, before the curtain closes and the piece ends with no applause."

I'm sure there are others, but these are the most commonly-seen non-Chaplin quotes. These have been passed along over and over on social media sites and never include a source. Here is a good rule of thumb: if the quote doesn't cite an original source (when or where he said it), it may not be a real quote (plus most of these "quotes" just don't sound like something Charlie would have ever said.) The poem "As I began to love myself" is often accompanied by the statement that Charlie recited it on his 70th birthday, but this is completely false. It was actually written by Kim McMillen.**

*More info:

**see post by McMillen's daughter, Alison, in the comments section in the link to the poem.  

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Random quote

“When I was young, the idea of an orgy was tremendously exciting. Charlie Chaplin once organized one in Hollywood for me and two Spanish friends, but when the three ravishing young women arrived from Pasadena, they immediately got into a tremendous argument over which one was going to get Chaplin, and in the end all three left in a huff.”
— Luis Buñuel, My Last Breath, 1983. The bungled orgy took place during the summer of 1930 while Buñuel was visiting Chaplin.

L-R: Eduardo Ugarte, Luis Buñuel, Jose Lopez Rubio, Eleanor & Antonio de Lara by the pool at Chaplin's Hollywood home, 1930. source

Friday, January 25, 2013

Quote of the week

"Remember, you can always stoop and pick up nothing."

Charlie recalled that this was a favorite saying of his mother's. He also used the quote in Monsieur Verdoux.

Considering recent events in my life, I think this is great advice to adhere to moving forward.

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Charlie helps Paulette with her makeup on the set of MODERN TIMES

"If a gamine costume is treated without care, the patches seem theatrical. It was very difficult to persuade Paulette to accept smuts on her nose to make her look convincingly dirty. I had to tell her that they were beauty spots." (Charlie Chaplin, My Life In Pictures).

Saturday, September 15, 2012

" A day without laughter is a day wasted"

This is NOT a Charlie Chaplin quote. While Charlie may have appreciated the sentiment, I cannot find a time or place where he actually said it. According to the site, Quote Investigator, the saying has been attributed to everyone from Steve Martin to Groucho Marx to Chaplin, but the idea was expressed more than two centuries ago. Click here for the rest of the story.

Thursday, September 6, 2012

The Chaplin Studios Daily Production Report for the week of Sept. 1 - 6, 1952

This report records Charlie's last days at his Hollywood studio. On Sept. 6th (60 years ago today), Charlie and Oona left California for London for the premiere of Limelight. Once at sea, Charlie learned that his reentry permit had been revoked by the U.S. government. He did not return to America until 1972 when he was awarded an Honorary Oscar.

(Source: Limelight : Project Chaplin N. 1)

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

"And above all, don't act!"

Some encouragement, criticisms, & suggestions about acting from director Charlie Chaplin:
Remember, they're peeking at you.
Don't lay an egg.
Make it simple. Make it sincere. All this lousy singsong. I loathe that singsong. It hurts me.
Break through.
Don't give the audience the impression you've just read the script. It's phony now. We don't talk that way. Just state it. Don't make it weary....We don't want acting. We want reality. This will be maudlin as hell if you act. 

Only use your hands when you want to make a point--that's when it becomes effective.
[Speaking to the player of a villain's part] I don't want any of the conventional business of the usual cinema traitor. Just get yourself used to the idea that you're a rascal who isn't an out and out bad one, but simply hasn't got any moral sense. Don't put on a savage look. And above all, don't act!

Too many gestures are creeping in. I don't like that. If the audience notices a gesture, you're gone.
Don’t be afraid to make a mistake. Because when you make a mistake, they love you.
Trying to make you act is like writing love letters on butcher paper.

Sources: Lillian Ross, Moments With Chaplin; Dawn Addams, Films & Filming, 1957; Louis Delluc, Charlie Chaplin; Adolphe Menjou, It Took Nine Tailors; Jerry Epstein, Remembering Charlie; Harry Carr, Motion Picture Magazine, 1925