Charlie Chaplin’s Highest Ambition


“What is your dearest wish, your highest ambition, the thing you want to do most? Chance for a big story,” wired a press agent to Charlie Chaplin.

He received the following answer: “I have always wanted to know what would happen if I threw a plate of eggs into an electric fan.”

——Advertisement for Chaplin’s Mutual comedies in a 1916 trade magazine.

  • 25 Apr 2015 Art

The Amateur’s Credo


From Amateur Movie Makers, 1928.

  • 13 Apr 2015 Art

Cecil B. De Mille on Ignorance


Our success has been due largely to ignorance. If we had been versed in the “movie” technique of two years ago, I do not believe we could have succeeded. When I came to Los Angeles, I knew nothing of the making of films, but I had the big idea. I had seen picture plays that were almost dramas. One touch could have made them dramas, but instead of that touch, there was a kick in the face, and it was farce.

The first Lasky picture which I produced was “The Squawman” with Dustin Farnum in the title role. No one but the cameraman had ever had any picture experience, of those who worked on that play in the garage studio.

Ignorance is a wonderful thing when properly applied.

——From Photoplay, October, 1916.

On Art and Technology

If the old builders and artists had possessed the scientific knowledge that we do, we may be sure that they would have produced artistic and beautiful results, instead of talking nonsense about its being impossible.

——Sir Edmund Beckett, quoted in Industrial Art, 1877.