Instructor: Prince K. WhiteSacramento City CollegeCommunication Studies 301 (COMM 301)
I was not in class to see this speech. However, I'm so glad I had the oppertunity of watching it. I'm not familiar with Chaplin, so when i started watching the video, I did not expect to hear him speaking about liberty and equality between humans. I was very moved by his message.
I am glad we listened to this in class without the video. For me the modern pictures distracted me. The speech is strong and powerful and I like how he starts off so gently and humbly which draws you in and then he builds.
This video struck me as powerful from the get go. He explains that we as individual people are selfish and greed overpowers our hearts, when we should be overfilled with joy, and the love of others.
Then as the video goes on i feel as if he changes his audience from each individual separately to all humanity as a whole, and how our society has brought barricades and blocks from allowing us to see each other as equals. That the very people we place in charge, are the ones who are enslaving us.
Without much background on the context of Chaplin, what i can tell is that he said these words many years ago but are still relatable. The issues he speaks of are only getting worse and worse as time goes on.
Hi Star! Yes, this is an example of an "A" speech. Actually, an "A+++" speech. It's amazing how much he crams into just three minutes and thirty-eight seconds! And yes, it's even more applicable now than when he first gave it, I'm guessing around WWI.
Before watching this video, this was my perception of Charlie Chaplin: a mute comedian. I've seen a few of his movies (?) or at least, I've seen him on film. This is like, the early 1900s when film was still black and white, and when sound was first coming into film, because the earliest ones were silent. I don't know if I've even heard his voice before, because in his comedy films, he doesn't talk; it's all body language. I do remember him eating a leather shoe once... and I think he actually did eat it... it's because in the sketch, he was so desperately hungry that he ate his own shoe. So when we watched this in class and I saw that we were watching a speech by Charlie Chaplin, I definitely did NOT expect anything like this. This completely changed my perception of him as a person. I didn't know he had such a powerful voice!
But everything he says is SO TRUE!!! It makes me tear up... and just want to be a better person. *sigh*
I appreciate the visual enhancement but I found that it was not necessary as the tone of his voice and the fluctuation of pace in his speech were effective in illustrating the passion of his message.
This was much more powerful and moving watching it. I watched it about 3 or 4 different times. All the different visuals and people used as examples to certain clips. Also with the music it made his speech much more powerful. I enjoyed watching this.
I liked how they edited our modern world and compare it with the other history that we've all gone through, showing what the world have turned into and what solution we should take to make a better world. Every time I watch this, it just keeps on getting better.
Also, I think that the music have shaped the mood of the video, making the Chaplin's speech intense and deep.
I didn't know you were in communications! You must be in the morning class! I'm in the afternoon one! We should meet up sometime! Let me know when you're free!! Maybe Christmas break? :)
hahahahaha... I'm sorry, I didn't mean to leave 5 identical comments. I tried to post it, but it kept on saying there was an error, and to try again later... so I did, I guess five times altogether...
Was I the only one who noticed the surprise on his face at the end of his speech concerning the reaction of the crowd? It seemed to be showing irony in his rallying of the troops after he had just told them not to follow him.
Yes, I noticed too. I think, I'm not positive, but I'm pretty sure he's speaking to either WWI or WWII (American?) troops. If you want more context, you can see my reply to Star. I knew who Charlie Chaplin was before watching this, and it totally changed my perception of him.
Unfortunately I was not in class to hear this speech, but I did find it very moving. I felt that the tone in his voice showed that he really meant everything we was speaking of and that make me want to listen and believe what he was talking about. The visual did not help with his speech, it was slightly distracting. I would have preferred to just watch him speaking so I could have maybe caught his body language while he was speaking. Also, he reminded me of how a preacher may speak in church, his tone was very strong. I appreciated this clip.
This is a very powerful speech but I found the visual images distracting. Having to watch the video, I found my mind trying to find the connection between the images to what was being said which took away the attention I was giving to the actual speech itself.
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