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By Richard Schickel

Charlie Chaplin—beloved through his new release, approximately forgotten today—was a cinematic visionary in never-ending clash together with his occasions. It seems, mythical movie critic Richard Schickel argues, that his existence used to be way more interesting than any of the Little Tramp's adventures. Here's his tale.

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Perhaps because of his experiences with the HUAC, Wyler saw himself in those men—wellintentioned, committed, and humanistic, but still susceptible to compromise. Ben-Hur also deals with the subject of betrayal. ” Clearly, the unsettling experience of the HUAC era was still 24 William Wyler on Wyler’s mind when he made this epic film, which he followed with a remake of The Children’s Hour, another parable about the HUAC. Politics and principles remained at the center of his films of this period, and in giving Judah those lines, Wyler was still defending his persecuted colleagues.

Having started at Universal, he cut his teeth on numerous silent westerns, then directed that studio’s first allsound movie shot outside the studio (Hell’s Heroes). He also directed the first black-and-white film in Vista-Vision (The Desperate Hours) and one of the first in Technorama or widescreen (The Big Country). Considered a preeminent director by his peers, he was nominated as Best Director twelve times by the Motion Picture Academy and won three times. ) His films won 38 Oscars out of a total 127 nominations.

The Christ story is included as a concession to the source novel, and Wyler’s resorting to it as a kind of deus ex machina reveals his frustration with the pacifist theme. While the protagonists of all three films are clearly men of principle and sympathetic characters, they are also flawed messengers in worlds that are based on violence, dissension, and hatred. Perhaps because of his experiences with the HUAC, Wyler saw himself in those men—wellintentioned, committed, and humanistic, but still susceptible to compromise.

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