Kid Auto Races at Venice, 1914 was Charlie Chaplin’s first appearance as the Little Tramp.
In the short, the Tramp is at the races where he constantly annoys a director, who is trying to film there, by continuously trying to sneak into the shot.
I had no idea what make-up to put on … on the way to the wardrobe I thought I would dress in baggy pants, big shoes, a cane and a derby hat. I wanted everything to be a contradiction: the pants baggy, the coat tight, the hat small and the shoes large. I was undecided whether to look old or young, but remembering Sennett had expected me to be a much older man, I added a small moustache, which I reasoned, would add age without hiding my expression. I had no idea of the character. But the moment I was dressed, the clothes and the make-up made me feel the person he was. I began to know him, and by the time I walked on stage he was fully born.
- Charlie Chaplin
The great art of films does not consist in descriptive movement of face and body, but in the movements of thought and soul transmitted in a kind of intense isolation.
- Louise Brooks