Restraint is a great…

IMAGE: Restraint is a great word, not only for actors but for everybody to remember. Restraint of tempers, appetites, desires, bad habits, and so on, is a mighty good thing to cultivate. One of the reasons I hated the early comedies in which I played was because there wouldn't be much "restraint" in hurling custard pies! One or two custard pies are funny, perhaps: but when nothing but custard pies is used to get laughs, the picture becomes monotonous.

Restraint is a great word, not only for actors but for everybody to remember. Restraint of tempers, appetites, desires, bad habits, and so on, is a mighty good thing to cultivate. One of the reasons I hated the early comedies in which I played was because there wouldn't be much "restraint" in hurling custard pies! One or two custard pies are funny, perhaps: but when nothing but custard pies is used to get laughs, the picture becomes monotonous. - (1889 - 1977)
/ (From an article by Chaplin called "What People Laugh At" in the November 1918 issue of 'American Magazine')

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抑制は、俳優だけでなく、誰もが覚えておくべき偉大な言葉だ。気性、食欲、欲望、悪い習慣などを抑制する力を養うのは、非常に良いことだ。私が演じた初期のコメディが嫌いだった理由の一つは、カスタードパイを投げるのにあまり「抑制」がなかったからだ! 一つか二つのカスタードパイは面白いかもしれないが、カスタードパイばかり使って笑わせていると、画面は単調になる。 - (1889 - 1977)
/ (『アメリカン・マガジン』1918年11月号の「人々が笑うこと」というチャップリンによる記事から)

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