Mashups, intellectual property laws, bootlegs, copyright. While those are all valid concerns today, they're hardly anything new. Just ask Charlie Chaplin.
A sizable number of history's most unforgettable images were photographed in black and white. Now, through the digital process of colorization, we can see how these scenes might have appeared in person.
Here's a curious tidbit from spy history: in the 1950s, American intelligence asked Britain's MI5 to investigate the actor Charlie Chaplin on suspicions that Chaplin was a dangerous communist. But the intelligence agencies were unable to confirm that Chaplin was born in England, leading to an investigation into…
In the short film "Modern Times," a spaceship crew uses the lunar surface as a giant movie screen. Videographer BC2010 put this stellar short together "with no money, just a little time and a lot of passion."
Last week, the internet was captivated by a Charlie Chaplin movie outtake which appeared to show an extra chatting on a cell phone as she walked through the shot. Turns out it was probably just an old school hearing aid.
Is this dissident art? The sculpture "Obscure Space III" by Xiang Yi shows a dehumanizing image of a person squeezed through a water pipe. The image is somewhat reminscent of Charlie Chaplin caught in the gears in Modern Times. It's especially an interesting statement about the time and place where it appeared.