Thursday, August 15, 2013
Good Artists Copy, but Great Artists Steal
Something Chaplin and Kelly have in common #2: In a scene from Singin in The Rain, from 1952, Gene Kelly is dancing with Cyd Charisse. She approaches and Kelly flips his head back shooting his hat onto the floor. In a similar scene from The Gold Rush, from 1925, Chaplin does the exact same thing. What would Steve Jobs have said? "Good artists copy, Great artists steal." A great sight gag is a great sight gag.