Davey The Fat Boy wrote:Like the Beatles vs. the Stones, there isn't a clear winner to be had here. And certainly Harold Lloyd deserves to be part of the conversation as well.
Listen to the fat boy at this point. I haven't seen as much of Lloyd's work as I want to see, but it's damnable that he's not as iconic as what Chaplin and Keaton are today.
I think Keaton very narrowly edges out Chaplin in this debate, as I've always had more of a fondness for his films; there's a lot less sentimentality to have to deal with in his work. Chaplin took me a long time to warm to; the key to getting Chaplin, for me, was 1) seeing his films as part of an audience and 2) seeing his films in really good prints rather than the shit ones that used to be all I could get.
I wouldn't be without either. Chaplin may not have made Sherlock Jr, but by the same token Keaton didn't make The Great Dictator.