February marks the 100-year anniversary of his first movies, and on Saturday Brooklyn author Trav S.D., who wrote “Chain of Fools: Silent Comedy and Its Legacies from Nickelodeons to Youtube,” screened three of Chaplin’s films and celebrated his legacy at the Brooklyn Lyceum.
The three films he showed were “Making a Living,” “Kid Auto Races at Venice,” and “Mabel’s Strange Predicament,” his first film as the character Little Tramp.
S.D., who lives in Park Slope and has been in Brooklyn for 20 years, fell in love with movies, specifically Chaplin, at a young age. In elementary school, he saw “Gold Rush,” which was one of Chaplin’s most famous films and was intrigued by classic comedians as he got older.
Watch all of his movies numerous times as research for the book, he now appreciates the actor’s work much more. Although Chaplin burst on the acting scene quickly, he was quite unpopular at first because he was one of the few trained actors at that time.
“He really cares,” S.D. said. “Most comedians they care and they like to make people laugh. They don’t really take it beyond that, Chaplin did.”
Baltimore resident Emma Hannaway, 19, was in Brooklyn visiting her brother and attended the screening because of her passion for theater. She knew little about Chaplain before the event.
“I think it’s really cool that he improvised everything,” she said.
Roger Carucci, 12, of Park Slope, had seen “Gold Rush” and wanted to learn more about one of the innovators of comedy.
“I learned that