In April 2016, the dream of turning Charlie Chaplin’s estate in Switzerland into a museum was finalized. Located in Corsier-sur-Vevey, Manoir de Ban is where Chaplin and his wife Oona lived with their eight children after he was banned from the US on allegations of Communism.
The beautiful estate, with its manicured lawns is filled with touches of art, entertainment, history, politics, film-making and personal touches.
After viewing a brief documentary on Chaplin the theater, visitors walk behind the lifting movie screen into a replica of the street, through a 360 degree circus-like hall, along a corridor with statues of comedians Laurel and Hardy, pop star Michael Jackson, pictures, posters of his films and videos, then down a steep staircase to a mock Hollywood studio with scenes from different movies.
A plaque says Jackson idolized Chaplin: “[He] was everything that I wanted to be – songwriter, dancer, director, producer.”
Jackson dressed as the Tramp for a photo shoot on one of the London streets where Chaplin had lived, visited Oona and later the families of Michael and Eugene Chaplin in Corsier.
In 1995, Jackson recorded his favorite Chaplin song, “Smile” for the HIStory album.
Many say that Chaplin’s nonsense song at the end of Modern Times was one of the inspirations for Jackson’s moonwalk.
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