The Swift Kick Characterizes the Man

“It is with a simple yet sublime gesture that Charlie expresses his supreme detachment from that biographical and social world in which, for us, we are plunged.”

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“…when Charlie is involved with an object for some time he quickly contracts a sort of mechanical cramp.”


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“One of the most characteristic aspects of Charlie’s freedom in respect to the demands of society is his total indifference to the category of things held sacred”

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‘Essay on Charlie Chaplin’, from What is cinema by Andre Bazin.


One thought on “The Swift Kick Characterizes the Man

  1. Jim Groom

    I really love this idea of using animated GIFs to demonstrate a theory or idea from a cultural critic. Often times such writing is deep and complex, and the visual not only helps lighten it a bit, but also has an interpretive quality that may very well help someone else understand the idea in new ways. A kind of teaching through GIFs. I love it!


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