Class Overview

Charlie Chaplin is considered to be one of the most creative talents in the history of film.The Films of Charlie Chaplin -- Continuing Education at Seattle Central College

See Chaplin’s imaginative use of the film medium and the development of his work over a period of more than 50 years.

He produced and starred in over 70 motion pictures.

From early silent short films shot in 1914 to his last feature produced in 1967, Chaplin demonstrated his extraordinary ability to use the screen to communicate the foibles of everyday life.

The Tramp, his character that stars in many Charlie Chaplin films, has a distinct walk, like a waddle with drooping shoulders -- the picture of defeat.

Even after enduring all sorts of indignities, the Tramp often maintains a sense of optimism, perking himself up with a jaunty step as the scene closes.

The ingenuity of these films shines bright even decades, or in same cases, over a century, later!

Films will be shown at the SIFF Film Center on Wednesdays at 7 p.m..

  • March 6: Early shorts
  • March 20: The Kid
  • March 27: Modern Times
  • April 3: Limelight

Whether you're a lover of old films and Charlie Chaplin, or unfamiliar with the era and artist, join this class to enjoy an in-depth experience of these films through class discussions and viewing the films in a community.

Film scholar Dr. Richard J. Meyer will screen and lead discussions of the films of Charlie Chaplin in a partnership with Seattle Central College, the Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF), and Scarecrow Video.

Learning Outcomes

  • Become familiar with the films of Charlie Chaplin
  • Understand the role of character development in film and how audiences relate to film characters
  • Learn how the medium of film has developed and been experienced historically over the last 100 years

Who Should Take this Class?

  • People who love movies
  • Anyone interested in discussing great films with others
  • Film students
  • Anyone interested in comedy, character development and physical humor
  • Anyone interested in social issues in media

Session Details

  • Class ID: 6222
  • Instructor: Richie Meyer
  • When: Wednesdays, March 6, 20, 27 and April 3; 7-10 PM
  • Total Number of Hours: 12
  • Where: SIFF Film Center (Seattle International Film Festival); 305 Harrison St, Seattle, WA 98109
  • Fee: $79