Sunday, September 04, 2005

Who are these people, and what do they all have in common?

This--surprised me, somehow. At least, some on the list did.


At 4:06 PM, September 04, 2005, Blogger Daniel said...

It's interesting to see that the great silent-comedian Harold Lloyd was a Republican, and a Republican delegate no less.

I could, if I were so willing, even make a more elaborate case that the three greatest silent-comics represent three major American political strains.

Lloyd, always playing the college student, white-collar worker, ordinary middle-class guy, is the Right/Conservative American.

Chaplin, as "The Tramp" is often the perpetual, unemployed victim. Fitting quite well into Chaplin's own Left/Socialist/Communist world view.

Keaton, who's politics I'm unfamiliar with; always portrayed the honest, hard working ordinary blue-collar guy, who no matter what things befall him, never sees himself as a victim, but just carry's on and often wins in the end. Similar to the majority of moderate, apolitical, middle-America.

Another thought: Chaplin's (Lefty/Socialist) movies are now the most oppressively preachy and self-important. Make of that what you will.


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