Film Studies - The Art of Charlie Chaplin

Ref: C3530619

Charlie Chaplin was much more than a slapstick comedian. He was a great film artist, in the fullest sense of the word. He not only acted in his films, but he wrote them, he directed them, performed the stunts and even composed the music. For his performance as a down-at-heel tramp, a little man acutely alert to the suffering of others, Chaplin drew on his own memories of growing up in poverty in London. His ability to create film out of such deep wells of feeling make him the Dickens of the movie world. On this course, we will begin by watching his film 'The Kid' and then explore exactly how this film was put together, what makes it such a funny, and such an emotional experience.

Course aim

This course aims to provide an introduction to the work of Charlie Chaplin. We will look closely at his moving silent film, The Kid, and explore some of the key techniques behind his storytelling.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is for beginners
  • This course is for improvers
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers
  • No prior knowledge of Chaplin's work is needed.

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Identify aspects of Chaplin's style of performance.
  • Identify aspects of Chaplin's style as a film director.
  • Identify aspects of Chaplin's storytelling techniques.
  • Discuss his ongoing influence as film maker.
  • Explore several aspects of the lost art of silent film.

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning
  • We will watch a film and conduct a range of seminar activities using clips and storyboarding techniques.

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion
  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor
  • You will be encouraged to consider other students work and give your opinions and suggestions

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed
  • All materials will be provided

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Become involved as a volunteer for a WEA partner or another organisation

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Film Studies - The Art of Charlie Chaplin

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