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July 27, 2015

Rare Photos of Charles Chaplin in Classic Film "Kid Auto Races at Venice" in 1914

Kid Auto Races at Venice (also known as The Pest) is a 1914 American film starring Charles Chaplin in which his "Little Tramp" character makes his first appearance in a film exhibited before the public. The film was shot during the Junior Vanderbilt Cup, an actual race with Chaplin and Henry Lehrman improvising gags in front of real-life spectators.

Unusually the camera breaks the fourth wall to show a second camera filming (as though it were the first), to better explain the joke. At this stage Chaplin only gets in the way of the visible camera on screen, not the actual filming camera. In so doing it takes on a spectator's viewpoint and becomes one of the first public films to show a film camera and cameraperson in operation.

1 comment:

  1. Anna May Wong was American made, baby. I'd like to know the names of the other actresses.




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