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One hundred years ago this week, British music hall star Charlie Chaplin made his first Hollywood film, the silent “It’s a Living.”

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It would be a little while before his classic character of the little tramp really came together.

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He became an international superstar without saying a word.  He had unparalleled physical wit and timing.

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He could make you laugh and break your heart at the same moment.

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Here the blind girl who thought he was a millionaire when she could not see, and knew him only by the touch of his hand, discovers that he is a poor man who gave up everything to pay for the operation to restore her sight.

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His movies are still timely for their commentary on society.

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Robert Downey, Jr. played him brilliantly in the biopic “Chaplin.”

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I also recommend Stephen Weissman’s superb biography, Chaplin: A Life.

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