Posted by mlarrabee (3060 posts) 1 year, 7 months ago

Poll: Charlie Chaplin or Buster Keaton? (65 votes)

Charlie Chaplin. 54%
Buster Keaton. 32%
Who? 2%
I'm breaking the rules and voting for Harold Lloyd. 6%
Results. 6%

#1 Edited by oraknabo (1514 posts) -

Easily Keaton. Lloyd is good but doesn't come close to the others though. My "breaking the rules" option is Jacques Tati.

I also think Harpo Marx counts even though he was in sound films. Some of the shit he does in Duck Soup is painfully funny.

#2 Posted by psylah (2185 posts) -

Chaplin. He is the greatest dictator.

#3 Edited by myketuna (1756 posts) -

Cantinflas.

Because my parents are Mexican and thus he's the only one of these type of comedians I've seen. Always thought about checking out Chaplin though. So, I chose Chaplin in the poll.

#4 Edited by Winternet (8053 posts) -

Oooh, that's kinda harsh. Though Keaton's stunts are second to none, I regard Chaplin much more as an auteur than Keaton, who was much more dependent on the movie studios, especially with the arrival of sound films. Chaplin's movies also had, in my opinion, a more social and political edge to them, while maintaining a cinematography integrity. And goddamn, City Lights and Modern Times are absolute masterpieces.

I have to go with Chaplin here.

#5 Posted by Nightriff (5335 posts) -

Chaplin, Gold Rush is a classic

#6 Posted by Winternet (8053 posts) -

Also, this is a pretty random question to pose, here on GB.

#7 Edited by TyrellOCP (357 posts) -

For me it's got to be Keaton. The frantic nature of the films combined with Buster's deadpan get's me everytime. The things he would do to himself in the name of entertainment are simply incredible.

Also, if we're breaking the rules, I'd like to add Laurel and Hardy or even the wrongfully disgraced Rosco Arbuckle into the mix.

#8 Edited by casper_ (908 posts) -

keaton was cool and did some outrageous stunts but i think chaplins gags are more clever (also he was a pretty good composer)

#9 Edited by Reisz (1527 posts) -

Not necessarily an appropriate comparison but I'm breaking the rules and picking Douglas Fairbanks, although not in the same category of performances, for me; the sheer physicality of all his work can't be beaten.

#10 Posted by McGhee (6075 posts) -

The Three Stooges, obviously.

#11 Posted by TheManWithNoPlan (5989 posts) -

Martin and Louis are my favorite

#12 Posted by WickedFather (1733 posts) -

Chaplin didn't influence martial arts movies so much so he can go back to eating shoes like he should.

#13 Posted by Jrinswand (1711 posts) -

Oooh, that's kinda harsh. Though Keaton's stunts are second to none, I regard Chaplin much more as an auteur than Keaton, who was much more dependent on the movie studios, especially with the arrival of sound films. Chaplin's movies also had, in my opinion, a more social and political edge to them, while maintaining a cinematography integrity. And goddamn, City Lights and Modern Times are absolute masterpieces.

I have to go with Chaplin here.

Somebody get this man a medal for actually being knowledgeable enough about these people to have an informed opinion.

And yeah,even if Chaplin only ever made Modern Times, he'd still win.

#14 Posted by PenguinDust (12629 posts) -

Chaplin's overrated in my book. Keaton is still hilarious 90 years later. For me, what it comes down to is what is fun to watch and Keaton is just more enjoyable than Chaplin. Don't get me wrong, The Gold Rush, The Kid and City Lights are classic, but I'll take Cops. or College any day.

#15 Edited by believer258 (12186 posts) -

Damn, GB has some real varied tastes in stuff. We've got threads on old silent films, Japanese cartoons, Korean pop, and wrestling created from a video game editor thingy.

I've never heard of Buster Keaton so I can't make an opinion.

#16 Posted by Video_Game_King (36272 posts) -

We've got threads on old silent films, Japanese cartoons, Korean pop, and wrestling created from a video game editor thingy.

It's the Internet. Is that much of a surprise?

I've never heard of Buster Keaton so I can't make an opinion.

This is about my response.

#17 Posted by EarlessShrimp (1669 posts) -

@psylah said:

Chaplin. He is the greatest dictator.

TALKIES DON'T COUNT! Though, I still voted chaplin.

#18 Posted by Patchcoat (171 posts) -

I'm breaking the rules and voting for...

#19 Posted by oraknabo (1514 posts) -

@believer258 said:

I've never heard of Buster Keaton so I can't make an opinion.

Imagine what's left over from the best Jackie Chan movies when you remove the Bruce Lee influences.

#20 Edited by mlarrabee (3060 posts) -

This question is posed in The Dreamers and has become one of those kinds of questions for me.

In retrospect I really should have had only the two poll options, but what're ya gonna do...?

#21 Posted by Lydian_Sel (2501 posts) -

Keaton. Always Keaton.

#22 Posted by ShadowConqueror (3085 posts) -

I prefer Chaplin, personally. Keaton's "The General" isn't bad, though.

#23 Edited by ThePhantomnaut (6201 posts) -

Both are good.

#24 Posted by johncallahan (620 posts) -

If I'm breaking the rules it's Laurel and Hardy without a question. Everyone is literally tied for second. They're all great.

#25 Edited by hakunin (397 posts) -

Why choose between two comedic geniuses who helped revolutionize cinema in different but similar ways? I can't.