Comedy Movie

How to Make Movies (1918)

Charlie Chaplin produced this film in 1918 to show the First National Picture Corporation when he signed with them, how to produce movies with them. Chaplin would cover all costs of making the movies and in return receive $125,000 per picture plus 50% of the revenues. The basic structure of the film is that a ‘genie’ has granted Charlie one wish, which he uses to create a film studio. We then follow Charlie as he goes about filming and editing his next picture. Highlights for me are the rehearsal scene and when Charlie dresses up like the little tramp to do some on location filming at a golf course. This film truly plays like a “Behind The Scenes” feature from 1918. While all the situations are staged for comic effect. It is still interesting to see the day-to-day behind the scenes activities such as negatives being developed etc.

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