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Charles Spencer Chaplin was born into a poor London family on April 16th 1889. Both his parents were actors and were inducted into the music hall of fame, which lead the way to his exposure as a young boy. His character "The Tramp", known for pantomime and quirky movements, helped him become an iconic figure of the silent-film era. The moment that really kicked off his career was in 1921 when he starred in, and produced, his first full-length film called ‘The Kid’. Chaplin went on to become a director, making films such as ‘City Lights’ and ‘Modern Times’, and co-founded the United Artists Corporation. He died in in Switzerland, aged 88, from natural causes on December 25, 1977.
The shooting of Terrence Malick’s 'The Tree of Life' may have been completed years before, but the filmmaker’s measured approach to editing resulted in the film’s release being delayed until 2011. It was a perfect storm for Jessica Chastain, who saw another four features starring her released in the same year, bringing deserved focus on a gifted actor whose star ascended overnight. (In truth, she had been on TV and in films since 2004.) Alongside her subtle performance in Malick’s metaphysical opus, Chastain excelled in Jeff Nichol’s apocalyptic 'Take Shelter', opposite an equally intense Michael Shannon. She was no less impressive in Ralph Fiennes muscular adaptation of Shakespeare’s 'Coriolanus' and displayed her versatility in 'The Help'. 'Zero Dark Thirty' (2012) cemented her star status and 'Miss Julie' (2014) saw her more than able to take on Strindberg’s complex heroine. Strong support roles in 'Interstellar' (2014) and 'The Martian' (2015) increased her profile, but she was at her best in J.C. Chandor’s 'A Most Violent Year' (2014). She is better than 'The Huntsman: Winter’s War' (2016) and proves she could easily carry a film playing the eponymous Washington lobbyist in John Madden’s tense 'Miss Sloane' (2016).