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The Kid Project

Chaplin at Web 2.0 - The Kid with intertitles in many languages! (well, just 12)

NOTE: The movie was originally hosted at Google Video (until august 2012) with intertitles in 26 languages, now in YouTube it has 12 (+ the original english).

Photo gently courtesy of Mr. Philippe Chappuis. Statue of Charlie Chaplin made by John Doubleday (1982) at Square Charlie Chaplin, in Vevey, Switzerland, near the home where Chaplin lived his last 25 years with his wife Mrs. Oona O'Neill, daughter of the writer Eugene O'Neill. Note that the statue has the Google hat of Mr. Chappuis, who participated in this project.

The famous photo of Charlie Chaplin's 1921 movie "The Kid", with the kid that was his partner in the movie. Copyright has expired and the photo is in the public domain. Taken from Wikipedia. This media file is in the public domain in the United States. This applies to U.S. works where the copyright has expired, often because its first publication occurred prior to January 1, 1923. This image might not be in the public domain outside of the United States (this especially applies in Canada, China -not Macao or Taiwan-, Germany or Switzerland).


This project shows how the power of the web 2.0 can be used by us –the ordinary people- to do nice and productive things together. It follows, in some sense, the altruists’ lines that Chaplin referred in the last scene of his movie “The great dictator”. I hope that will be repeated by other people –and by me- to improve great public domain films hosted at Google Video YouTube. (For the past 4 years the movie had been hosted in Google Video, until april 29, 2012). 

Brief data of the film

Directed, produced and written by Charles Chaplin. Starring: Charles Chaplin, Edna Purviance, Jackie Coogan (the kid), Henry Bergman, Lita Grey. Photography: Roland Totheroh. Music by Charles Chaplin (composed 1971). Release date: January 21, 1921. Running time 68 min. Genre: comedy. Country: United States. Language: Silent film, English intertitles. The Kid is notable as being the first feature length comedy film to effectively combine comedy and drama, as one of the opening titles says: "A picture with a smile, and perhaps a tear..."

Mixed from and More info and links in english. More info and links in your language at


Este proyecto muestra como el poder de la web 2.0 puede ser utilizado por nosotros –la gente común- para hacer juntos cosas interesantes y productivas. Sigue, en cierto sentido, los lineamientos altruistas que Chaplin refirió en la secuencia final de su película “El gran dictador”. Espero que esto sea repetido por otros internautas –y por mí mismo- para mejorar grandes films de dominio público alojados en Google Video YouTube. (Por 4 años la película fue alojada por Google Video, hasta el 29 de abril de 2011).

Breves datos del film

Dirigida, producida y escrita por Charles Chaplin. Reparto: Charles Chaplin, Edna Purviance, Jackie Coogan (el chico), Henry Bergman, Lita Grey. Fotografía: Roland Totheroh. Música de Charles Chaplin (compuesta en 1971). Estreno: 21 de Enero de 1921. Duración 68 min. Género: comedia. País: Estados Unidos. Lenguaje: film silente, intertítulos en inglés. El Chico es notable por ser la primera película de larga duración que combinó efectivamente la comedia y el drama, tal como dice el título de apertura: "Una película con una sonrisa, y quizás una lágrima."

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Escena final de El gran dictador - Final scene of The great dictator

See note at header

The Team

I appreciate a lot the gently courtesy of the following people who worked disinterestedly translating the intertitles, and helped me to make this real:

João Ferro

Philippe Chappuis

Davide Nonino

Do you want to join the team? See at bottom!

Software used to add the captions
  Workshop 2.51 by URUWorks  
and Subtitle Edit 3.1

Flags courtesy of 4 International Flags

Electronic online translations for the rest of the languages (for the Video Google edition):
Instituto CervantesOpentrad (beta), TranslendiumGoogle translator (beta), InterTran translator, Lingvo.

As Google says in its FAQ about translations "automatic translation is translation produced by state-of-the-art technology, without the intervention of human translators. Automatic translation is also often referred to as machine translation". Well, it's an experiment, no matter if is beta or alpha. I hope you'll cooperate to improve them (I have no idea about the languages I translated using
 this technology). Thank you.

Note on april 11 09: after four years since this page has been published, nobody has collaborated. One of two: nobody has been here in this page, or nobody wants to do something without payment. Both cases are sad for me. 
For YouTube edition the previous translation was used, and new one come from

The movie

Nota: el video estubo alojado en Video Google hasta agosto 2012. Ahora está en YouTube, aquí.
Note: this video has been hosted at Video Google until august 2012. Now is in YouTube, here.

Vídeo de YouTube


See note at header 

Does the automatic translation of your language needs to be improved?

Can you supply the free license music to add to this important silent film using the AudioSwap YouTube facility?

The text to translate is less than a page. It is here. NO PAYMENT for the job, just the attribution and a link to your website(s).

Then, if you want to join the team... contact me! 

Requirements: to have wishes to do it / to be older than 18 years old / to have a nice(*) website / to have e-mail / to speak english.

[* nice website means: no violent, racist, discriminatory, pornographic,... or similar site]

The End

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