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Well, I have a theory about how this scene might have been filmed, but I have no sources to confirm this as it is a very old movie. This rock can be a fake one, because using a real one will definitely hurt an actor. Now, when the rock is thrown, actor takes a jump. To make this look realistic, the timing and jump must be perfect. If you take a close look,...


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In addition to the fake rock theory by @AJ, it is quite possible that the rock did not travel the entire distance it appeared to. Once the rock disappears off screen, there could have been some barrier to prevent the rock continuing. This way, the rope would have enough weight to continue moving, but there would be significantly less weight pulling on ...


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Even if this particular trick is rare, it's conceptually similar to hanging scenes, which are abundant in westerns. In fake hanging, the typical trick is to attach the rope to the hidden harness while the knot is just a decoration: How is a hanging scene filmed? In addition, the "stone" is likely to be light. In our days, I'd say plastic. Then, probably ...


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The key is to watch Chaplin's legs and the rope. As the rock goes off-screen and the rope is getting close to taut, his knees flex. At that point he clearly jumps into the water, with enough style (because he was an expert stuntman) to look as if he'd been pulled into the water by the rock. If you watch the rope too, you see that there's no point at which ...


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Perhaps the rope is loosely fastened to the rock, and detaches when the rock has reached its limit.


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I've watched it several times and I think: the rock is firmly attached to rope, and the rope to Chaplin, albeit to his shoulder not his neck. if you watch carefully, the rock reached the extent of the rope and was bouncing back -- you can see the rope go taut and then slacken. the "rock" was made of some moderately light-weight material, most probably ...


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It's a cut. It's two takes spliced together to make it seem like a single action. Closely looking at the gif, i.e. the video, shows where there is a significant difference between the frames. Frame 38 Frame 39 Every other frame is a subtle change from the last. This one shows a significant difference. Charlie's face jumps to a different position. The other ...


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Try lifting, let alone throwing a rock of that size and you'll understand how that was fake; it has just the right weight to pull the rope in a realistic way, and then Chaplin only has to jump at the right time. In fact, notice that he does a little funny jump, not a "rock&rope pull my neck suddenly and nearly breaks it" one, which would be the more real ...


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It was shot in Los Angeles. From Wikipedia... During this part of shooting, construction was being done at Chaplin Studios because the city of Los Angeles had decided to widen La Brea Avenue and Chaplin was forced to move several buildings away from the road. And IMDb... Charles Chaplin spent $1,500,000 of his own money in making the film. A river was ...


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Both IMDb and Wikipedia list City Lights as having been shot entirely in and around Los Angeles, California. There is no indication that any part of it was filmed outside the state, let alone outside the USA. Given that Chaplin was a Hollywood superstar, I would expect that if he had travelled to India to film, it would have made the news on both sides of ...


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The rock could be fake and there could have been a hidden rope tied to a body harness on Chaplin that could have done the pulling from off-camera. I'm not convinced his posture and movements give enough evidence to prove conclusively that he jumped. I'm not seeing enough upward force from his legs to justify the height and length of the jump. Hence, I ...


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