While filming his 1931 film “City Lights,” Charlie Chaplin did three hundred and forty-two takes takes of a single sequence featuring the actress Virginia Cherrill. Richard Brody writes about Chaplin’s obsessional direction and how it reveals a sort of imperfectionism: http://nyr.kr/18NBDYn
“It was a perfection of results, not of conformity to a preconceived schema. He sought what provoked, in him, the perfect emotion, the perfect aesthetic response—but he wouldn’t know it until he saw it.”
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