Chaplin and Related Readings:
1. Chaplin's rise to prominence
b. 1915--Essanay--own writer/director--$1250/wk.
e. 1919--co-founded United Artists
2. keys to Chaplin's success
b. appeals in his films:
1. treatment of the city
2. the Tramp and audience identification
3. comic strategies
4. melodramatic strategies
c. resistance to/incorporation of sound
(from Gehring: what were the pressures on Chaplin in the period before he made City Lights? From Maland: What were the basic elements of Chaplin’s “contract” with his audience? Why do both Gehring and Maland suggest that City Lights offers social criticism?)
3. Issues in Movie-Made America, Chapts. 5-9:
-- Why are Hollywood images influential off-screen?
-- What does Sklar mean by the subversive influence of film comedy? Why was Chaplin a timely/appealing film artist?
-- What motivated efforts to control film content during the 1920s? How did the film industry respond?
-- From Sklar's discussion of Zukor's rise to influence, what emerges as the source or sources of power in the film industry? Why was Zukor a survivor? Why can Sklar say that "the studio system was the house that Adolph Zukor built?" Why was Warner Bros. also a success story as the industry shifted into the 1930s?