Musical Comedy: Charlie Chaplin

ccmThis post is intended as supplemental material for the course “Sounds of Laughter: Musical Comedy in the United States”

One of my students expressed an interest in writing about Charlie Chaplin, and asked if he would count as an example of “musical comedy.” I said yes, because his movies make use of physical and musical comedy (as well as the interactions between the two). However, I didn’t realize just how right I was. I found out that Chaplin was a prolific composer and music aficionado. Here are two resources from his official website:

Chaplin & Music

Chaplin as a Composer

See Also:

Charlie Chaplin on YouTube

Week 9

Author: Leah Pogwizd

Bassist and Instructor

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