In this article I explore the life of Charlie Chaplin and the notion of restraint in craftsmanship

Charlie was born in 1889.  He is known for his silent comedic films and “The Tramp” character.  In the 1930’s when sound was introduced to film, he insisted to keep his films mute.  However, in 1940 he created “The Great Dictator”, his first film with dialogue.  Towards the end of his film he delivered one of the most powerful speeches in recorded history.

I marvel at Charlie’s ability to restrain himself from adding; and only adding when absolutely necessary.  I look at his approach to craftsmanship like drawing a bow and only letting it go when absolutely necessary…


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