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My Autobiography

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About My Autobiography

The life of the silent film and comedy icon, in his own words—“the best autobiography every ever written by an actor . . . an astonishing work” ( Chicago Tribune ). From rags to riches, to the McCarthy era and his eventual ‘reverse migration’ to Europe: Charlie Chaplin’s remarkable autobiography. Take an unforgettable journey with the man George Bernard Shaw called “the only genius to come out of the movie industry” as he moves from his impoverished South London childhood to the heights of Hollywood wealth and fame; from the McCarthy-era investigations to his founding of United Artists to his “reverse migration” back to Europe.   Charlie Chaplin’s heartfelt and hilarious autobiography—one of the very first celebrity memoirs—tells the story of his life, showcasing all the charms, peculiarities and deeply-held beliefs that made him such an endearing and lasting character. Re-issued as part of Melville House’s Neversink Library, My Autobiography offers dedicated Chaplin fans and casual admirers alike an astonishing glimpse into the heart and the mind of Hollywood’s original genius maverick.

The life of the silent film and comedy icon, in his own words—“the best autobiography every ever written by an actor . . . an astonishing work” ( Chicago Tribune ) Take an unforgettable journey with the man George Bernard Shaw called “the only genius to come out of the movie industry” as he moves from his impoverished South London childhood to the heights of Hollywood wealth and fame; from the McCarthy-era investigations to his founding of United Artists to his “reverse migration” back to Europe.   Charlie Chaplin’s heartfelt and hilarious autobiography—one of the very first celebrity memoirs—tells the story of his life, showcasing all the charms, peculiarities and deeply-held beliefs that made him such an endearing and lasting character. Re-issued as part of Melville House’s Neversink Library, My Autobiography offers dedicated Chaplin fans and casual admirers alike an astonishing glimpse into the heart and the mind of Hollywood’s original genius maverick.

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“The best autobiography ever written by an actor. An astonishing work.” — Chicago Tribune “A moving picture of the hero himself. A truly fascinating book.” — The New York Times Book Review   “The most original, virile book about the theater in a long, long time.” — Atlantic Monthly   “It holds the reader entranced. Every page can be read with pleasure.” — The Times , London “The crucial artist of the twentieth century.” — The New Yorker   “Among the greatest geniuses of film.” —Roger Ebert   “Few men in this century in any field attained his stature with the public.” — The New York Times   “Chaplin was not just ‘big,’ he was gigantic. In 1915, he burst onto a war-torn world bringing it the gift of comedy, laughter and relief while it was tearing itself apart through World War I. Over the next 25 years, through the Great Depression and the rise of Adolf Hitler, he stayed on the job. . . It is doubtful any individual has ever given more entertainment, pleasure and relief to so many human beings when they needed it the most.” —Martin Sieff   “For me, comedy begins with Charlie Chaplin. I know there were screen comedies before he came along . . . But none of them created a persona as unique or indelible as the Little Tramp, and no one could match his worldwide impact.” —Leonard Maltin

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Who Was Charlie Chaplin?

Charlie Chaplin worked with a children's dance troupe before making his mark on the big screen. His character "The Tramp" relied on pantomime and quirky movements to become an iconic figure of the silent-film era. Chaplin went on to become a director, making films such as City Lights and Modern Times , and co-founded the United Artists Corporation.

Famous for his character "The Tramp," the sweet little man with a bowler hat, mustache and cane, Charlie Chaplin was an iconic figure of the silent-film era and was one of film's first superstars, elevating the industry in a way few could have ever imagined.

Born Charles Spencer Chaplin in London, England, on April 16, 1889, Chaplin's rise to fame is a true rags-to-riches story. His father, a notorious drinker, abandoned Chaplin, his mother and his older half-brother, Sydney, not long after Chaplin's birth. That left Chaplin and his brother in the hands of their mother, a vaudevillian and music hall singer who went by the stage name Lily Harley.

Chaplin's mother, who would later suffer severe mental issues and have to be committed to an asylum, was able to support her family for a few years. But in a performance that would introduce her youngest boy to the spotlight, Hannah inexplicably lost her voice in the middle of a show, prompting the production manager to push the five-year-old Chaplin, whom he'd heard sing, onto the stage to replace her.

Chaplin lit up the audience, wowing them with his natural presence and comedic angle (at one point he imitated his mother's cracking voice). But the episode meant the end for Hannah. Her singing voice never returned, and she eventually ran out of money. For a time, Chaplin and Sydney had to make a new, temporary home for themselves in London's tough workhouses.

Early Career

Armed with his mother's love of the stage, Chaplin was determined to make it in show business himself, and in 1897, using his mother's contacts, he landed with a clog-dancing troupe named the Eight Lancashire Lads. It was a short stint, and not a terribly profitable one, forcing the go-getter Chaplin to make ends meet any way he could.

"I (was) newsvendor, printer, toymaker, doctor's boy, etc., but during these occupational digressions, I never lost sight of my ultimate aim to become an actor," Chaplin later recounted. "So, between jobs I would polish my shoes, brush my clothes, put on a clean collar and make periodic calls at a theatrical agency."

Eventually, other stage work did come his way. Chaplin made his acting debut as a pageboy in a production of Sherlock Holmes . From there, he toured with a vaudeville outfit named Casey's Court Circus and in 1908 teamed up with the Fred Karno pantomime troupe, where Chaplin became one of its stars as the Drunk in the comedic sketch A Night in an English Music Hall .

With the Karno troupe, Chaplin got his first taste of the United States, where he caught the eye of film producer Mack Sennett, who signed Chaplin to a contract for a $150 a week.

Film Career

In 1914, Chaplin made his film debut in a somewhat forgettable one-reeler called Make a Living . To differentiate himself from the clad of other actors in Sennett films, Chaplin decided to play a single identifiable character, and "The Little Tramp" was born, with audiences getting their first taste of him in Kid Auto Races at Venice (1914).

Over the next year, Chaplin appeared in 35 movies, a lineup that included Tillie's Punctured Romance , film's first full-length comedy. In 1915, Chaplin left Sennett to join the Essanay Company, which agreed to pay him $1,250 a week. It is with Essanay that Chaplin, who by this time had hired his brother Sydney to be his business manager, rose to stardom.

During his first year with the company, Chaplin made 14 films, including The Tramp (1915). Generally regarded as the actor's first classic, the story establishes Chaplin's character as the unexpected hero when he saves the farmer's daughter from a gang of robbers.

By the age of 26, Chaplin, just three years removed from his vaudeville days, was a superstar. He'd moved over to the Mutual Company, which paid him a whopping $670,000 a year. The money made Chaplin a wealthy man, but it didn't seem to derail his artistic drive. With Mutual, he made some of his best work, including One A.M. (1916), The Rink (1916), The Vagabond (1916) and Easy Street (1917).

Through his work, Chaplin came to be known as a grueling perfectionist. His love for experimentation often meant countless takes, and it was not uncommon for him to order the rebuilding of an entire set. Nor was it uncommon for him to begin filming with one leading actor, realize he'd made a mistake in his casting and start again with someone new.

But the results were hard to refute. During the 1920s Chaplin's career blossomed even more. During the decade he made some landmark films, including The Kid (1921), The Pilgrim (1923), A Woman in Paris (1923), The Gold Rush (1925), a movie Chaplin would later say he wanted to be remembered by, and The Circus (1928). The latter three were released by United Artists, a company Chaplin co-founded in 1919 with Douglas Fairbanks, Mary Pickford, and D.W. Griffith.

Later Films

Chaplin kept creating interesting and engaging films in the 1930s. In 1931, he released City Lights , a critical and commercial success that incorporated music Chaplin scored himself.

More acclaim came with Modern Times (1936), a biting commentary about the state of the world's economic and political infrastructures. The film, which did incorporate sound, was, in part, the result of an 18-month world tour Chaplin had taken between 1931 and 1932, a trip during which he'd witnessed severe economic angst and a sharp rise in nationalism in Europe and elsewhere.

But Chaplin was not universally embraced. His romantic liaisons led to his rebuke by some women's groups, which in turn led to him being barred from entering some U.S. states. As the Cold War age settled into existence, Chaplin didn't withhold his fire from injustices he saw taking place in the name of fighting Communism in his adopted country of the United States.

Chaplin soon became a target of the right-wing conservatives. Representative John E. Rankin of Mississippi pushed for his deportation. In 1952, the Attorney General of the United States obliged when he announced that Chaplin, who was sailing to Britain on vacation, would not permit him to return to the United States unless he could prove "moral worth." The incensed Chaplin said good-bye to the United States and took up residence on a small farm in Corsier-sur-Vevey, Switzerland.

Final Years and Death

Nearing the end of his life, Chaplin did make one last visit to the United States in 1972, when he was given an honorary Academy Award. The trip came just five years after Chaplin's final film, A Countess from Hong Kong (1967), the filmmaker's first and only color movie. Despite a cast that included Sophia Loren and Marlon Brando , the film did poorly at the box office. In 1975, Chaplin received further recognition when he was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II .

In the early morning hours of December 25, 1977, Chaplin died at his home in Corsier-sur-Vevey, Vaud, Switzerland. His wife, Oona, and seven of his children were at his bedside at the time of his passing. In a twist that might very well have come out of one of his films, Chaplin's body was stolen not long after he was buried from his grave near Lake Geneva in Switzerland by two men who demanded $400,000 for its return. The men were arrested and Chaplin's body was recovered 11 weeks later.

Wives and Children

Chaplin became equally famous for his life off-screen. His affairs with actresses who had roles in his movies were numerous. Some, however, ended better than others.

In 1918, he quickly married 16-year-old Mildred Harris. The marriage lasted just two years, and in 1924 he wed again, to another 16-year-old, actress Lita Grey, whom he'd cast in The Gold Rush . The marriage had been brought on by an unplanned pregnancy, and the resulting union, which produced two sons for Chaplin (Charles Jr. and Sydney) was an unhappy one for both partners. They divorced in 1927.

In 1936, Chaplin married again, this time to a chorus girl who went by the film name of Paulette Goddard. They lasted until 1942. That was followed by a nasty paternity suit with another actress, Joan Barry, in which tests proved Chaplin was not the father of her daughter, but a jury still ordered him to pay child support.

In 1943, Chaplin married 18-year-old Oona O'Neill, the daughter of playwright Eugene O'Neill. Unexpectedly the two would go on to have a happy marriage, one that would result in eight children.


  • Name: Charlie Chaplin
  • Birth Year: 1889
  • Birth date: April 16, 1889
  • Birth City: London, England
  • Birth Country: United Kingdom
  • Gender: Male
  • Best Known For: Charlie Chaplin was a comedic British actor who became one of the biggest stars of the 20th century's silent-film era.
  • Astrological Sign: Aries
  • Death Year: 1977
  • Death date: December 25, 1977
  • Death City: Corsier-sur-Vevey, Vaud
  • Death Country: Switzerland

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  • I am for people. I can't help it.
  • The Zulus know Chaplin better than Arkansas knows Garbo.
  • The saddest thing I can imagine is to get used to luxury.
  • All I need to make a comedy is a park, a policeman and a pretty girl.
  • I remain just one thing, and one thing only—and that is a clown. It places me on a far higher plane than any politician.
  • I am known in parts of the world by people who have never heard of Jesus Christ.
  • I went into the business for the money, and the art grew out of it.
  • The summation of my character is that I care about my work. I care about everything I do. If I could do something else better, I would do it, but I can't.
  • I've always related to a sort of a comic spirit, something within me, that said, I must express this. This is funny.
  • Cruelty is a basic element in comedy. What appears to be sane is really insane, and if you can make that poignant enough they love it.
  • I don't think one can do humor without having great pity and a sense of sympathy for one's fellow man.
  • I think life is a very wonderful thing, and must be lived under all circumstances, even in misery.
  • All my pictures are built around the idea of getting in trouble and so giving me the chance to be desperately serious in my attempt to appear as a normal little gentleman.
  • Failure is unimportant. It takes courage to make a fool of yourself.
  • Life is a tragedy when seen in close-up, but a comedy in long-shot.
  • A day without laughter is a wasted day.

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The greatest icon in the history of cinema, Charlie Chaplin lived one of the most dramatic rags to riches stories ever told. His life was marked by extraordinary contrasts: the child of London slums who became a multimillionaire; the on-screen clown who was a driven perfectionist behind the cameras; the adulated star who publicly fell from grace after personal and political scandal. This engrossing and definitive work, the only biography written with full access to Chaplin’s archives, tells the whole story of a brilliant, complex man.

Now fully updated with added pictures and an extended filmography, it includes revelatory new material on Chaplin’s marriages, his affair with movie star Louise Brooks, his persecution by the FBI during anti-communist witch hunts — exposing their role in the ’white slavery’ case against him — and the significance of Richard Attenborough’s film Chaplin.

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Long before becoming one of the masterpieces of Charlie Chaplin’s artistic maturity, and even before existing as a screenplay, Limelight was conceived by its author as a 34,000-word novella. After remaining virtually unknown for more than 60 years after its completion, Footlights is now published by Cineteca di Bologna in this volume for the very first time. Chaplin’s vivid, idiosyncratic style, unadulterated by editors, moves freely from the baldly colloquial to moments of rich imagery and Dickensian description. For a setting, he looked back to London and the music halls of his first professional years, an enchanted period in which he had broken out of the deprivations of his childhood to discover, progressively, his unique gifts as entertainer and communicator. But this retrospect also recalled the painful insecurity of an uneducated, uncultured boy launched into the world of success.

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Charles Chaplin. The Freak. La storia di un film incompiuto - David Robinson, Cecilia Cenciarelli, Charlie Chaplin

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This book is not just the first-ever publication of an unknown Chaplin film script, but the comprehensive presentation of an unfinished film – one of Charles Chaplin’s most remarkable works, and his last. Chaplin had the idea for THE FREAK in 1968-9 when he was close to 80, and was inspired to produce the script in a much shorter time and with more confidence than any preceding screenplay. Once the script was complete, Chaplin and his producer Jerry Epstein saw the urgency, given Chaplin’s age, of getting the film into active production as soon as possible. Hence, even while still seeking funding, Chaplin at his own cost engaged designers to present his visual concepts and to produce storyboards, and explored the elaborate (pre-CGI) special effects techniques the story demanded. In particular, Chaplin, Epstein and the studio special-effects department spent much time and money in producing the prototype of the big... read more

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A Legion d’honneur medal, “hate” mail from King George, a photo of a tanned and smiling Chaplin posing with Mahatma Ghandi and entourage, a pith helmet, an idea for a new “topless” male swimsuit, and evidence of a foiled assassination plot. These assorted souvenirs only begin to tell the story of Charlie Chaplin’s second world tour, conducted in 1931-2 a tour from which he returned a changed man, changed by the people he met, the places he visited and the ramifications of the Great Depression he witnessed. “A Comedian Sees the World” was Chaplin’s memoir of this tour, originally published in five installments in a popular American periodical known as The Woman’s Home Companion from September 1933 to January 1934. It was never available to Chaplin’s large world audience outside of the United... read more

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Did Charlie Chaplin play on a theatre stage in your UK or US home town? This book lists the details of almost every single appearance Chaplin made during his years with, for example, the Eight Lancashire Lads, Casey’s Court, William Gillette and Fred Karno’s Company of Comedians, from child actor to adult. A.J. Marriot establishes just where, when, and with whom, Chaplin spent his time on the stage, before becoming a film star – he has found over 550 confirmed appearances between 1899 and 1913 in England, Scotland, Wales, Jersey, Guernsey, Northern Ireland, Eire, Paris, Canada and the USA.

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Charlie Chaplin’s Red Letter Days is a newly discovered eyewitness account that reveals what was going on behind the scenes in Chaplin’s fun factory as he was creating the hilarious comedies that rocketed him to worldwide fame. Written by Fred Goodwins, one of the actors in the company, the breezy narrative originally appeared in 1916 as a series of thirty-seven articles in the British magazine Red Letter. Its republication marks a major find for cinema buffs and anyone who has ever been touched by Chaplin’s artistry. Dan Kamin, who trained Robert Downey, Jr. for his Oscar-nominated performance in Chaplin and created Johnny Depp’s physical comedy routines in Benny and Joon, annotated the book to highlight its many revelations about Chaplin and the familiar faces that populate his films. The shadow of World War One looms over every page, as Chaplin, a British subject, was being slammed by the British tabloid... read more

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In late 1914, Charlie Chaplin’s name first began appearing on marquees. By the end of the following year, moviegoers couldn’t get enough of him and his iconic persona, the Little Tramp. Perpetually outfitted with baggy pants, a limp cane, and a dusty bowler hat, the character became so beloved that Chaplin was mobbed by fans, journalists, and critics at every turn.

Although he never particularly liked giving interviews, he accepted the demands of his stardom, giving detailed responses about his methods of making movies. He quickly progressed from making two-reel shorts to feature-length masterpieces such as The Gold Rush , City Lights , and Modern Times .

Charlie Chaplin: Interviews offers a complex portrait of perhaps the world’s greatest cinematic comedian and a man who is considered to be one of the most influential screen artists in movie history. The interviews he granted, performances in and of themselves, are often... read more

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Chaplin: A Life - Stephen Weissman

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Born in London in 1889, Charlie Chaplin grew up in dire poverty. Both his parents were in show business, but severe alcoholism cut short his father’s flourishing career, and his beloved mother first lost her voice, then lost her mind to syphilis. Charlie at age seven was committed to the Hanwell School for Orphans and Destitute Children. How then did this poor, lonely child become such an extraordinary comedian, known and celebrated worldwide? Chaplin cut his teeth in British music halls, but it was America that made him. At age twenty-five, he was touring here with a vaudeville troupe when his talents caught the eye of entertainment entrepreneur Mack Sennett, who spirited him off to California and signed him to a film contract. Chaplin became Sennett’s star comedian, and by twenty-eight the actor had become a millionaire and the world’s greatest celebrity. Weissman traces Chaplin’s life and the sources of... read more

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This is the first study of the life and art of Sydney Chaplin , Charlie Chaplin’s brother, a person notable not only for his importance in establishing his brother’s career, but in several other early Hollywood enterprises, including the founding of United Artists and the Syd Chaplin Aircraft Corporation, America’s first domestic airline. Sydney also had a successful film career, beginning in 1914 with Keystone and culminating with a string of popular films for Warner Bros. in the 1920s. Sydney’s film career ended in 1929 because of an assault charge by an actress. This incident proved to be only the last in a string of scandals, each causing him to move to another place, another studio, or another business venture.

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Chaplin's Music Hall: The Chaplins and their Circle in the Limelight - Barry Anthony

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Charlie Chaplin grew up in and around the music hall. His parents, aunt, and their friends all earned their precarious livings on the stage and Chaplin himself started his career as a member of the Eight Lancashire Lads dance troupe. His experiences of the culture of the music hall were a significant influence, shaping his style of acting and the films he made.

Chaplin’s family and the circle of fellow performers whose life stories are told in this book were appearing at a time when music hall was in a state of transition, changing from an entertainment still reminiscent of its tavern-based origins to a complex, highly-financed industry seeking legitimacy with a far wider public. As venues grew larger, performers struggled to make connections with an increasingly remote audience.

This book tells the stories of Chaplin’s family and their music-hall circle – from “dashing” Eva Lester to the great Fred... read more

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Chaplin And Agee: The Untold Story Of The Tramp, The Writer, And The Lost Screenplay - John Wranovics

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“Chaplin and Agee” charts the friendship between James Agee, author of “Let us now Praise Pamous men” and the pulitzer prize - winning “A Death in the Family” and screenwriter for classic american films, including the “African Queen”, and Charles Chaplin, who starred in nearly a hundred films from 1914 - 1967. This friendship emerged in the midst of the tumult of the 40’s and 50’s, with the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Mac Carthysm , and blacklisting.

In print here for the first time is Agee’s amazing screenplay, “The Tramp’s New World”, lost until recently. The striking screenplay - a comedy “so dark it was without precedent” - was written in 1947 for Chaplin’s little tramp character and set in a post apocalyptic New York City. Chaplin and Agee also features many previously unpublished letters, and photographs. As the story moves between Hollywood and Greenwich Village - this... read more

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Charlie Chaplin: A Political Biography from Victorian Britain to Modern America - Richard Carr

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Richard Carr’s book places politics at the centre of the filmmaker’s life as it looks beyond Chaplin’s role as a comedic figure to his constant political engagement both on and off the screen. Drawing from a wealth of archival sources from across the globe, Carr provides an in-depth examination of Chaplin’s life as he made his way from Lambeth to Los Angeles. From his experiences in the workhouse to his controversial romantic relationships and his connections with some of the leading political figures of his day, this book sheds new light on Chaplin’s private life and introduces him as a key social commentator of the time. Whether interested in Hollywood and Hitler or communism and celebrity, this books is essential reading for all students of twentieth-century history.

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Charlie Chaplin: A Brief Life - Peter Ackroyd

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He was the very first icon of the silver screen and is one of the most recognizable of Hollywood faces, even a hundred years after his first film. But what of the man behind the moustache? Peter Ackroyd’s new biography turns the spotlight on Chaplin’s life as well as his work, from his humble theatrical beginnings in music halls to winning an honorary Academy Award. Everything is here, from the glamor of his golden age to the murky scandals of the 1940s and eventual exile to Switzerland. There are charming anecdotes along the way: playing the violin in a New York hotel room to mask the sound of Stan Laurel frying pork chops and long Hollywood lunches with Mary Pickford and Douglas Fairbanks Jr. This masterful brief biography offers fresh revelations about one of the most familiar faces of the last century and brings the Little Tramp vividly to life.

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The Sound of Charlie Chaplin -

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Take a new look at Charlie Chaplin (1889–1977) through the music he composed for his films. Chaplin began his silent-film career in 1914, and with the invention of his character the Little Tramp, he became a screen icon. When sound was introduced in 1927, Chaplin—a self-taught musician—not only wrote scores for his new films, but also composed soundtracks for earlier works, and deftly created comic sound by interweaving sound effects and music.Though he worked with what he termed “musical associates” who helped with notation and orchestration, all his scores sound recognizably “Chaplinesque” and some of his tunes are classics: “Smile” and “Eternally” have been covered by musicians worldwide. Published to accompany an exhibition at the Paris Philharmonic, this new book is fully illustrated with photographs, documents, and ephemera from the Chaplin archives.

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Chaplin at Essanay - James L. Neibaur

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When Charlie Chaplin left Keystone Studios for more money and greater creative control at Essanay Film Manufacturing Company, he added more depth to his character, more thought to his direction, and more substance to his humor: at Essanay, he grew from a comedian to a true cinematic artist. This work carefully examines all sixteen Chaplin comedies produced at Essanay—from His New Job (1915) to Triple Trouble (1918)—showing the artist in transition from the knockabout Keystone farces to more refined, sometimes brilliant Mutual productions.

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The Stars of History: Charlie Chaplin - Bernard Swysen

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Graphic novel - In creating The Little Tramp, Charlie Chaplin became a legend. Who remembers now that he was English, that he came up from nothing, that he made his fortune in the United States, that he had to flee the country under pressure from McCarthyism, or that he created the very first production house run by artists? Full of humor, the “Stars of History” collection offers a fresh new look at the legends of cinema.

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Charlie Chaplin: A Reference Guide to His Life and Works - John W. Fawell

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Charlie Chaplin was a skilled comedian, filmmaker and composer, and the mission of this book is to educate readers on the wide variety of Chaplin’s artistry: the subtlety of his mimetic satire, the sophistication of his film direction, and his prodigious musical skill that resulted in some of film’s greatest orchestral arrangements. This encyclopedia also emphasizes the singular nature of Chaplin’s biography: his unprecedented renown, the wide list of notables in art and culture with whom he fraternized, and the controversies that seemed to dog each stage of his life, perhaps most notably in his run-ins with the FBI and the House UnAmerican Activities Committee, both of whom suspected him of communist leanings.

Charlie Chaplin: A Reference Guide to His Life and Works captures his life, and legacy. It features a chronology, an introduction that offers a brief account of his life, and a dictionary section listing entries on Chaplin’s... read more

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The Early Years of Charlie Chaplin - Lisa Stein Haven

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Charlie Chaplin’s career has been described, critiqued, and scrutinized. There are book-length studies on Chaplin’s music hall career, his career at Keystone Studios and the Mutual Studios. Somehow, his tenure with First National, however, has been largely neglected, even though it was during this several-year contractual time period that Chaplin built and occupied his own studio for the first time, that he attempted and succeeded in filming a comedy feature (The Kid) and that he helped to set up United Artists, an organization that protected the salaries and creative freedom of actors in Hollywood. This period in Chaplin’s story is especially interesting because such landmark moments are accompanied by Chaplin’s first marriage and divorce, the death of his first child, his friendship with French silent film comedian Max Linder , World War I and the role he would play in it, and the production and release of several unsuccessful films... read more

Charlie Chaplin vs. America : When Art, Sex, and Politics Collided - Scott Eyman

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Eyman takes a close look at the political turmoil and events that led to Chaplin’s exile out of his adopted country. In the aftermath of World War II, Chaplin lost the American public’s sympathy. He was criticized for being politically liberal and internationalist in outlook. He had never become a US citizen, something that would be held against him as xenophobia set in when the postwar Red Scare took hold. Eyman also discusses the intimate details of Chaplin’s life, many of which made front page news and scandalized the American public. He delves into the Joan Barry affair in detail, as well as the roles that Hedda Hopper, J. Edgar Hoover and several others played during this time. Research included the Chaplin Archive, the Library of Congress, the Nixon Library and many other sources.

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Illustrated Books

My life in pictures - charlie chaplin.

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A pictorial autobiography of the comic film actor Charlie Chaplin

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The Charlie Chaplin Archives - Paul Duncan

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From Alaska to Zimbabwe, the bowler hat, cane, baggy trousers and outsized shoes of the Tramp is still the most recognized silhouette in the world, more than 100 years after Charlie Chaplin first created him. With The Charlie Chaplin Archives , TASCHEN presents the ultimate book on the making of Chaplin’s films, using the vast resources of the Chaplin archives.

Within a year of arriving in Hollywood in 1914, British-born Chaplin, playing the Tramp, had become the slapstick king of America. By the end of his second year on the silver screen, Chaplin’s fame had spread worldwide. He was the first international film star and, with a million dollar contract, became one of the richest men in the world . With his own studio and his stock company of close collaborators, Chaplin began making his greatest movies: The Kid (1921), The Gold Rush (1925), The Circus (1928), City Lights (1931)... read more

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Charlie Chaplin: The Keystone Album: The Invention of the Tramp - Glenn Mitchell

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Charlie Chaplin: The Keystone Album brings together 794 images-technically photograms, printed directly from film frames-from 29 of Charlie Chaplin’s first 36 short films made with the Keystone Film Company in 1914. The strips trace the evolution of Chaplin’s iconic Tramp character as the actor developed his trademark gestures in his short films, before eventually immortalizing the character in the 1915 feature The Tramp . These images were found in a curious document, dubbed “The Keystone Album,” laid out almost like a comic book, with handwritten captions giving the titles of the films and their reconstituted scenarios. It was confirmed in 2014 that H.D. Waley, a former artistic director of the British Film Institute, compiled the extraordinary album in the 1940s in order to keep a record of the original versions of Chaplin’s first films, which were being restored at the time. This beautiful Japanese-bound volume reproduces The Keystone Album in... read more

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Le manoir de mon père - Eugene Chaplin

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In French: “Vous connaissez Charlot le personnage, vous connaissez Charlie Chaplin l’homme public, je veux vous présenter mon père.” - Eugene Chaplin

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Genius of the Cinema - Jeffrey Vance

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Noted film historian and silent comedy authority, Jeffrey Vance draws on exhaustive research and interviews with those who knew Chaplin to produce this definitive illustrated account describing in lively detail the atmosphere on Chaplin’s film sets and his relationships with the cast and crew, his first attempts at comedy sequences that later became famous, the development of his scenarios and characters, and the main themes and ideas that persist through the major Chaplin films.

Composed with full access to the Chaplin Family archives. Coincides with the DVD release of Chaplin’s Classic film through MK2 and Warner Home video.

Introduction by David Robinson With an interview by Richard Meryman

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Silent Traces - John Bengtson

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Edited by John Bengtson Published by Santa Monica Press

Uncovering tidbits of the history of Los Angeles and the early film industry that are hidden within Charlie Chaplin’s timeless films, this stunning work of cinematic archeology combines Chaplin’s movie images with archival photographs, vintage maps, contemporary photographs, and scores of then-and-now comparison photographs to conjure up the silent-movie era from an entirely new perspective. Through his research of the locations used in such classic Chaplin films as The Kid , City Lights and Modern Times as well as Chaplin’s lesser known but equally brilliant short films and early work, the author illuminates both Chaplin’s genius and the evolving city that served as the backdrop of his art. Part time machine, part detective story, this title presents a truly unique look at Chaplin’s work, and a captivating glimpse into Hollywood’s most romantic era.

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A Photo Diary - Michel Comte

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Several years ago Michel Comte discovered that the Chaplin office held an extensive photo archive, consisting of thousands of glass negatives, negatives and photographic prints.

Chaplin’s life and work was documented with passionate enthusiasm: private photographs taken by his friends, his family and his children had been collected and kept, as well as officals photographs made during shootings and work in Hollywood Studios. Many of this photographs have never been published. From this tremendous find Michel Comte has put together a sensitive album wich shows a hitherto unknown Charlie Chaplin. He has concentrated on Chaplin’s trips round the world, “snapshots” with artist colleagues and visiting dignitaries, with relatives, his children and grand children. This exceptionnal book begins in the 1909, and follows Chaplin’s life step by step, presenting an artist who “acted” throughout his life, and who was also “in the limelight” in his private life too.

Edited by Steidl

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Taschen Icons: Chaplin - David Robinson, Paul Duncan

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“Charles Chaplin’s Little Tramp is the supreme icon of motion pictures—still recognized and loved throughout the world, more than 90 years since he first burst on the screen. The shabby little figure - with derby hat, too-tight jacket, oversized boots and pants, dandified bow tie, and swagger cane - seemed to symbolize the hopes and fears, defeats and optimism of all humanity. Chaplin’s own biography was a rags-to-riches story that saw the product of a destitute childhood in Victorian London become one of Hollywood’s first millionaires and the owner of his own studio before he was 30. His supreme gift was to transform his experience and knowledge of the human lot into comedy, for which his invention and skill have never been surpassed. […]”

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  • Editor: Duncan, Paul
  • Text: Robinson, David
  • Photos: Roy Export Company Establishment
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Charlie Chaplin Movie Posters - Israel Perry

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The idea to publish a book on the posters advertising the movies of Charlie Chaplin, the artist we loved to watch in our childhood and our admiration towards him grew as we learned to understand his art of acting, came to our mind a few years ago. However it took seven years and great effort to assemble such a collection of original posters of Chaplin’s greatest movies under one roof.

In this book for the first time, the astonishing career of Charlie Chaplin is viewed through the posters used to advertise his movies. These posters were created by artists who tried and quite succesfully to convey to the mass, the story of the movie and the character played by Chaplin …

By Israel Perry and Jean Louis Capitaine Book in English & French

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Chaplin in Pictures - Blouin, Delage & Stourdze

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This book accompanied the exhibition of the same name which was presented in venues the world over between 2005 and 2014. Many of the exhibition images, some of which were unseen before the exhibition, are reproduced, preceded by fascinating articles by Sam Stourdzé, Christian Delage and Patrice Blouin.

Edited by NBC Editions

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Charlie Chaplin : Images d'un mythe - Sam Stourdzé, Carole Sandrin

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Catalogue, in French, of an exhibition presented by the Musée de l’Elysée at the Palais Lumière in Evian in 2011/12, curated by Sam Stourdze and Carole Sandrin. The book includes an article on Chaplin the Myth by Charly Sistovaris, one of Chaplin’s grandsons.

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Charlie Chaplin / A Vision - Cecilia Cenciarelli, Tatyana Franck, Carole Sandrin

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Catalogue for Musée de l’Elysée’s “Charlie Chaplin / A Vision” exhibition, co-produced by Yuz Museum Shanghai, featuring photographs and documents from the Chaplin archives. Published by the Yuz Museum and the Musée de l’Elysée in English, the catalogue traces Chaplin’s journey from his London childhood to his exile in Switzerland.

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The Search for Charlie Chaplin - Kevin Brownlow

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Account of how Kevin Brownlow and David Gill found the incredible outtakes that enabled them to put together their unparallelled three-part documentary series UNKNOWN CHAPLIN, and of the other adventures they had during the making of the documentary film.

The book comes with a DVD of UNKNOWN CHAPLIN

Volume in English and Italian, 2005 Published under the direction of the Cineteca di Bologna

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Charlie Chaplin's Little Tramp in America, 1947-77 - Lisa Stein Haven

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This book focuses on the re-invigoration of Charlie Chaplin’s Little Tramp persona in America from the point at which Chaplin reached the acme of his disfavor in the States, promoted by the media, through his departure from America forever in 1952, and ending with his death in Switzerland in 1977. By considering factions of America as diverse as 8mm film collectors, Beat poets and writers and readers of Chaplin biographies, this cultural study determines conclusively that Chaplin’s Little Tramp never died, but in fact experienced a resurgence, which began slowly even before 1950 and was wholly in effect by 1965 and then confirmed by 1972, the year in which Chaplin returned to the United States for the final time, to receive accolades in both New York and Los Angeles, where he received an Oscar for a lifetime of achievement in film.

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Le Manoir de Ban - Birth of a Paradise - Pierre Smolik

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Bilingual edition in French-English published by Call Me Edouard - Why couldn’t there be oases in time as well as in space? Above Vevey, a little town snuggled up on the Lake Geneva shore, a plateau rises amid vineyards. Farmers and lords occupied it before a colonial-style house was built there around 1840. That residence was successively home to a prominent citizen from St. Gallen and his family, an unmarried man of private means, a master watchmaker, an industrialist and playwright, an American diplomat, and the greatest film-maker of all time: Charlie Chaplin. All of them were captivated by the magic of the property looking out on one of the world’s most beautiful panoramas. On the site of this unique belvedere, they discovered an earthly paradise. From this point on, it is up to the reader, through these pages, to roam every nook and corner of the place, to discover... read more

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The Gold Rush (BFI Film Classics) - Matthew Solomon

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One of the biggest hits of the silent era, The Gold Rush (1925) was famously described by Charlie Chaplin – the star, writer and director of the film – as ‘the picture I want to be remembered by’. Enjoying popular and critical success not once but twice, the film was given a new lease of life with sound in 1942 after Chaplin added his own narration and music. Matthew Solomon provides an in-depth discussion of the film’s genesis within the Northern genre, its production and reception history, and its subsequent canonisation. Considering both unauthorised and authorised versions of the film, he places them in the context of the turn-of-the-century Alaska Klondike Gold Rush and analyses their narrative and formal features. In tracing the stories of these multiple versions, Solomon shows how The Gold Rush problematises commonly accepted ideas about the singularity, authenticity and originality of an individual film.</div>

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Chaplin’s Limelight and the Music Hall Tradition - Hooman Mehran (Editor), Dan Kamin (Associate Editor) Frank Scheide (Editor)

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“Charles Spencer Chaplin was a stage performer before he was a filmmaker, and it was in English music hall that he learned the rudiments of his art. The last film he made in the United States, “Limelight”:/en/articles/7 was a tribute to the music hall days of his youth. As a parallel to Chaplin’s past, the film was set in 1914, the year he left the stage for a Hollywood career.

This collection of essays examines “Limelight”:/en/articles/7 and the history of English music hall. Featuring contributions from the world’s top Chaplin and music hall historians, as well as previously unpublished interviews with collaborators who worked on “Limelight”:/en/articles/7 the book offers new insight into one of Chaplin’s most important pictures and the British form of entertainment that inspired it. Essays consider how and why Chaplin made “Limelight”:/en/articles/7 other artists who came out of English music hall, and the film’s international appeal, among... read more

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Chaplin: The Dictator and the Tramp - David Robinson, Eric James, & more

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The Dictator and the Tramp is a collection of essays about Charles Chaplin (1889-1977) written by some of the world’s leading authorities on chaplin and early film comedy. The primary focus of the volume is Chaplin’s 1940 film satire on Nazi Germany, “The Great Dictator”. This film has recently attracted intense interest during its wide international theatrical and DVD re-release. “The Great Dictator” is also the subject of a remarkable documentary, The Tramp and the Dictator, by the distinguished historian and film maker Kevin Brownlow, who serves as adviser to this publication, and has made available research material and interviews gathered in the course of the production.

Other advisers and contributors are David Robinson, Chaplin’s principal biographer as well as the first Research Foundation, Eric James, Chaplin’s long-time music associate, Glenn Mitchell, author of the Chaplin Encyclopaedia, Bonnie McCourt, Dan Kamin and Bo Berglund.

The essays have been assembled and... read more

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Chaplin and American Culture - Charles J. Maland

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Title : Chaplin and American Culture Author : Charles J. Maland PublicationDate : 1991-02-01 Publisher : Princeton University Press NumberOfPages : 464

Charles Maland focuses on the cultural sources of the on-and-off, love-hate affair between Chaplin and the American public that was perhaps the stormiest in American stardom.

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The Freak - Chaplin's Last Film - Pierre Smolik

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What would The Freak, Chaplin’s last film, have been like if it had been made? Pierre Smolik guides us through the process of preparing this project to which the “master of masters”, as Renoir called him, devoted his last years, and whose beauty lies in its incompletion. Chaplin left the film nearly ready for shooting, since everything is there: script, preparatory notes, development, music, drawings and even some filmed rehearsals that constitute the last production by this giant of the cinema.

These heretofore unpublished documents pull the reader into a universe that blends aspects of the fantastic tale, dreams, poetry, myth and tragedy—a universe where humour is not left out: “Offering an egg to a bird—how very tactless!”

It was during a meal in the 1960s that Chaplin told his family the story of a strange creature—a bird woman who falls, injured, onto the roof of a professor-writer’s house in... read more

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Chaplin Facing History - Christian Delage

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This book shows how in the “Great Dictator” Chaplin exposes his personal world to the pressure of world events. Chaplin’s “real history” was not just the one he was facing up to, but also the one he himself was recounting by combining the characters of the Tramp and the jewish barber in the image of the “pariah”. The analysis presented here is articulated through historical archives, photographs, poetry and fiction. It attempts to recapture the spirit of one of Jorge Luis Borges last books, Atlas, which he presented as being “neither a series of texts illustrated with photos nor a series of photographs explained by epigraphs. Each title encapsulates a whole, made up of image and words.” This “whole” comes to light in the movement that goes from exploration of the archives to the works of ordering and interpretation. Why not build this experience of editing and researching into the... read more

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The Comedy of Charlie Chaplin: Artistry in Motion - Dan Kamin

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This excursion into the enchanted comic world of Charlie Chaplin will appeal not just to Chaplin fans but to anyone who loves comedy. Dan Kamin brings a unique insider’s perspective to the subject. An internationally acclaimed comic performing artist himself, he trained Robert Downey, Jr. for his Oscar-nominated portrayal in Chaplin , and created Johnny Depp’s physical comedy scenes in Benny and Joon . The Comedy of Charlie Chaplin: Artistry in Motion reveals the inner workings of Chaplin’s mesmerizing art as never before. Kamin illuminates the comedian’s incredibly sophisticated visual comedy in disarmingly direct prose, providing new insights into how Chaplin achieved his legendary rapport with audiences and demonstrating why comedy created nearly a century ago remains fresh today. He then presents provocative new interpretations of each of the comedian’s sound films, showing how Chaplin remained true to his silent comedy roots even as he kept reinventing his art for... read more

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Silent Comedy - Paul Merton

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“The tiresomely idiotic debate on Keaton versus Chaplin is, in my experience, overwhelmingly used by proponents of Buster to attempt to rubbish Charlie…” It’s an appealing mind-set for some people, who say: “We’ve all heard that Charlie Chaplin was meant to be the greatest comedian in the world, but my preference for Buster keaton demonstrates my ability to think for myself. Chaplin was overly sentimental, but Keaton’s coolness and cynical eye chime exactly with our Modern Times.

Well, the good news is that they are both fantastic. There’s no need to choose between them. Enjoy them both ! That’s one of the main aims in my book. I shall examine the films of Charlie Chaplin and Buster keaton, not in isolation, as has been the usual practice, but showing how they influenced each other in a creative rivalry that also featured Harold Lloyd (the man hanging off the clock). This... read more

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Modern Times - Tempi Moderni - Christian Delage, Cecilia Cenciarelli

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The book traces back the history of Modern Times from its planning stage to its distribution, through the analysis of more than a hundred pages from the Chaplin archive, here published for the very first time. The book starts off investigating the impact that the cultural and historical climate of the 20s and 30s (from the beginning of the Depression to the New Deal) had on intellectuals, writers, filmmakers.

A second part is devoted both to Chaplin’s ‘iconography of the machine age’ and the analysis of his stylistic development with the use of sound effects and eventually sound. Particular attention is also given to one of Chaplin’s best orchestral score, to issues such as censorship, changing distribution strategies, the film’s reception and revenues, press reviews. The book also includes a selection of more than a hundred photographs.

Documents and essays compiled by Christian Delage with the collaboration of Cecilia Cenciarelli.

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The Great Dictator - Il grande dittatore - Anna Fiaccarini, Cecilia Cenciarelli and Michela Zegna

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“I was beginning to have the impression that I’d been swept away by a political avalanche,” wrote Chaplin in his autobiography. “I began to wonder why: to what point was I stimulated by the actor within me and by the reactions of a flesh and blood audience? Would I have thrown myself into this quixotic adventure if I hadn’t made an anti-Nazi film? Was it the sublimation of all my furies and all my dislike of sound pictures? I imagine that all these elements had a part in it, but the strongest was still my hate and contempt for the Fascist regime”.

This book, created by the Cineteca di Bologna, Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio in Bologna and by Le Mani in co-operation with BIM distribuzione, starts off the series of “Quaderni” for the Chaplin Project.

The book contains a selection of original documents reconstructing the preparatory phases from the first... read more

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Limelight - Documents and essays - Anna Fiaccarini, Peter von Bagh, Cecilia Cenciarelli, Roberto Benigni

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The original archive material, only available to a few film historians up to now, published and reproduced for the first time in a series of monographic volumes.

The critical comments by film critics and historians of the unpublished papers, allow us to trace the crucial stages around the origins of the films, their creation, the unused versions, the censorship and distribution issues.

“That little man we see is the same one who, minutes before, wanted to kill all women in the world. It’s really him. And now he’s doing all he can, and he despairs, hoping that one of them may come back to life. Limelight” is powerful, geometric, troubled and deceitful, in which beauty, like sun upon mirrors, goes glittering away. There is Buster Keaton. A sphinx-like appearence just a few seconds long, wherefore the heart almost loses itself in fear. Together. As if Michelango, when sculpting his David... read more

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The Tramp's Odyssey - Simon Louvish

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An Everyman who expressed the defiant spirit of freedom, Charlie Chaplin was first lauded and later reviled by the audience that made him Hollywood’s richest man. He was a figure of multiple paradoxes, and Chaplin looks afresh at this classic comedian and his most recognizable character: The Tramp. Louvish charts the tale of the Tramp himself through his films—from the early Mack Sennett shorts through the major features ( The Gold Rush , City Lights , Modern Times , The Great Dictator ) and weighs the relationship between the Tramp, his creator, and his worldwide fans. Chaplin is an epic journey, summing up the roots of Comedy and its appeal to audiences everywhere, who revelled in Chaplin’s raw energy, his ceaseless struggle against adver sity, and his capacity to represent our own fears, foibles, dreams, inner demons and hopes.

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Here We Stand: Politics, Performers and Performance: Paul Robeson, Charlie Chaplin, Isadora Duncan - Colin Chambers

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Title : Here We Stand: Politics, Performers and Performance: Paul Robeson, Charlie Chaplin, Isadora Duncan Author : Colin Chambers PublicationDate : 2007-04-01 Publisher : Nick Hern Books NumberOfPages : 256

Paul Robeson, Isadora Duncan, and Charlie Chaplin: three famous performers who all suffered personally and professionally for their political stand. Here We Stand looks at their very different careers and how their artistic work was affected by their determined stand for what they believed was right, from Robeson’s outspoken criticism of racism, to Duncan’s Soviet sympathies and Chaplin’s antiwar stance, which led to his expulsion from the United States.

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The Charlie Chaplin Walk - Stephen P Smith

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The Charlie Chaplin Walk is targeted at fans of Chaplin, those interested in film history, people with a connection to the Lambeth and Kennington areas of London, and anybody with an interest of the social history of London’s poor of the late Victorian and early Edwardian era. Explore the London streets of Charlie Chaplin’s childhood in a chronological tour that can be taken on foot or from the comfort of an armchair. This book concentrates on the story of Chaplin’s formative years and takes a fresh look at the influence they had upon his films.

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Chaplin Aujourd’hui - Joël Magny, Noël Simsolo

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Alors que le cinéma de Charlie Chaplin est plus que jamais présent dans l’actualité du cinéma contemporain, cet ouvrage collectif des « cahiers du cinéma » se propose de remonter du mythe au créateur, du personnage de Charlot au cinéaste Chaplin. Chaplin fut en effet le premier « auteur » reconnu de l’histoire et la bibliographie Chaplinesque représente une somme considérable. Mais les milliers d’articles et la centaine d’ouvrages qui s’intéressent à lui, se sont attachés à la description d’une vie devenue légendaire et du personnage mythique derrière lequel s’abritait le créateur. Du cinéaste, jusqu’à une période récente, il fut trop rarement question ( Louis Delluc, André Bazin, Francis Bordat) c’est à sa recherche que s’attache le présent volume.

Organisé autour de 4 axes, l’ouvrage propose autant de manière d’approcher le réalisateur: l’homme Chaplin dans ses rapports conflictuels avec L’Amérique comme dans ses relations avec sa création, la constitution puis... read more

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Mort de Charlot - Albert Cohen

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Ces textes, d’Albert Cohen, ont été publiés dans les années 20 dans la Nouvelle Revue Française et dans la Revue Juive. Ils marquent l’entrée en littérature du jeune Albert Cohen, remarqué et admiré par Jacques Rivière, directeur et animateur de la Nouvelle Revue Française puis, quelques temps après par Max Jacob, André Spire, et Albert Einstein.

Depuis lors, ces textes n’avaient jamais été réédités.

On y retrouve la langue, le style, et l’humour de l’auteur de Belle du Seigneur et de Mangeclous.

Ils témoignent par ailleurs, selon Christel Peyrefitte “ que la totalité des thèmes qui seront ultérieurement développés jusqu’à l’obsession est déjà présente “.

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Chaplin et ses doubles : Essai sur l'identité burlesque - Christian Godin

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A French essay on Chaplin’s slapstick identity.

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The Art of Charlie Chaplin - Kyp Harness

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This thorough critical study of Chaplin’s films traces his acting career chronologically, from his initial appearance in 1914’s Making a Living to his final starring role in 1957’s A King in New York. Emphasizing Chaplin’s technique and the steady evolution of his Tramp character, the author frames the biographical details of Chaplin’s life within the context of his acting and filmmaking career, giving special attention to the films Chaplin directed/produced.

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The Essence of Chaplin - John Fawell

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Charlie Chaplin’s remarkable life and comedic talent have been the focus of countless popular and scholarly studies. In this groundbreaking work, Chaplin’s often underrated skills as a film director take center stage. Highlighting the screen icon’s significance as a filmmaker, this study focuses on the heart of Chaplin’s cinema—his silent works starring his alter-ego, Charlie—and examines both his great silent film features like The Kid, The Gold Rush and Modern Times, and his shorter, earlier films like The Immigrant, The Pawn Shop, The Pilgrim and A Dog’s Life. An analysis of the formal properties of Chaplin’s filmmaking reveals the merit of his cinema, the depth of its emotion and the extent of its meaning. Chaplin is among the great artists of any medium, in any time, with an ability to touch on very subtle aspects of the human condition.

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Chaplin in the Sound Era - Eric L. Flom

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Charles Chaplin’s sound films have often been overlooked by historians, despite the fact that in these films the essential character of Chaplin more overtly asserted itself in his screen images than in his earlier silent work.

Each of Chaplin’s seven sound films—City Lights (1931), Modern Times (1936), The Great Dictator (1940), Monsieur Verdoux (1947), Limelight (1952), A King in New York (1957), and A Countess from Hong Kong (1967)—is covered in a chapter-length essay here. The comedian’s inspiration for the film is given, along with a narrative that describes the film and offers details on behind-the-scenes activities. There is also a full discussion of the movie’s themes and contemporary critical reaction to it.

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Chaplin’s War Trilogy - Wes D. Gehring

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The book examines Charlie Chaplin’s evolving perspective on dark comedy in his three war films, Shoulder Arms (1918), The Great Dictator (1940), and Monsieur Verdoux (1947). In the first he uses the genre in a groundbreaking manner but yet for a pro-war cause. In Dictator dark comedy is applied in an antiwar way. In Monsieur Verdoux Chaplin embraces the genre as an individual in defense against a society out to destroy him. All three are pivotal films in the development of the genre in film, with the latter two movies being very controversial for their time.

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Charlie Chaplin and A Woman of Paris - Wes D. Gehring

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Charlie Chaplin’s A Woman of Paris (1923) was a groundbreaking film which was neither a simple recycling of Peggy Hopkins Joyce’s story, nor quickly forgotten. Through heavily-documented “period research,” this book lands several bombshells, including Paris is deeply rooted in Chaplin’s previous films and his relationship with Edna Purviance, Paris was not rejected by heartland America, Chaplin did “romantic research” (especially with Pola Negri), and Paris’ many ongoing influences have never been fully appreciated. These are just a few of the mistakes about Paris.

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Le Dictateur de Charlie Chaplin - Jean-Pierre Esquenazi

In French: 15 octobre 1940. L’Europe est en guerre et les États-Unis affichent leur volonté de rester en dehors du conflit. Charlie Chaplin lance alors sa bombe : Le Dictateur. S’appuyant sur une peinture à la fois burlesque et terrifiante du nazisme et de son incarnation, Adolf Hitler, le film en est une dénonciation explicite, au moment même où les troupes allemandes envahissent l’Europe. Un tour de force rendu possible par l’indépendance artistique et financière de Chaplin, qui lui a permis de ne pas plier malgré les pressions. C’est à travers l’analyse de scènes clés et des partis pris cinématographiques de Chaplin, l’étude des personnages et de leur évolution, ainsi que par l’examen des différents niveaux de discours que l’auteur répond à la question essentielle et toujours vive : comment, en tant qu’artiste, dénonce-t-on une situation intolérable ? Comment réalise-t-on un film politique, notamment dans un contexte brûlant ?

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Charlie Chaplin and the Nazis - Norbert Aping

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Until recently, it was assumed that the Nazis agitated against Chaplin from 1931 to 1933, and then again from 1938, when his plan to make The Great Dictator became public. This book demonstrates that Nazi agitation against Chaplin was in fact a constant from 1926 through the Third Reich. When The Gold Rush was released in the Weimar Republic in 1926, the Nazis began to fight Chaplin, whom they alleged to be Jewish, and attempted to expose him as an intellectual property thief whose fame had faded. In early 1935, the film The Gold Rush was explicitly banned from German theaters.

In 1936, the NSDAP Main Archives opened its own file on Chaplin, and the same year, he became entangled in the machinery of Nazi press control. German diplomats were active on a variety of international levels to create a mood against The Great Dictator. The Nazis’ dehumanizing attacks continued... read more

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Children Books

Chaplin, the funniest man in the world - sid fleischman.

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Age Range: 8 - 12 years Grade Level: 4 and up

See him? That little tramp twitching a postage stamp of a mustache, politely lifting his bowler hat, and leaning on a bamboo cane with the confidence of a gentleman? A slapstick comedian, he blazed forth as the brightest movie star in the Hollywood heavens.

Everyone knew Charlie—Charlie Chaplin. When he was five years old he was pulled onstage for the first time, and he didn’t step off again for almost three-quarters of a century. Escaping the London slums of his tragic childhood, he took Hollywood like a conquistador with a Cockney accent. With his gift for pantomime in films that had not yet acquired vocal cords, he was soon rubbing elbows with royalty and dining on gold plates in his own Beverly Hills mansion. He was the most famous man on earth—and he was regarded as the funniest.

Still... read more

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Charlie Charlot - Michelle Humbert , Nathalie Novi

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Charlot - Clémence Simon

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French children’s book: Charlot est un des plus célèbres personnages du cinéma muet, et du cinéma tout court. Un “Doc art, 7e art” pour découvrir son histoire, ses principaux films et ce qui a fait son universalité. (Collection « Mes docs ART », une collection d’art pour les plus jeunes, dès 5 ans.)


Les aventures acrobatiques de charlot - les exploits sportifs de charlot - thomen.

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Re-publication of vintage French Charlot comic books: Les aventures acrobatiques de Charlot T4, Les exploits sportifs de Charlot. (Réédition parue en février 2021)

Charlot navigateur solitaire - Mat

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Re-publication of vintage French Charlot comic books: Charlot navigateur solitaire. (Réédition parue le 1er avril 2020)

Les drôles d'histoires de Charlot - Ségar

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Re-publication of vintage comic books: French translations of Elzie Crisler Segar’s Chaplin comic strips. Segar would go on to create Popeye over a decade after drawing his Chaplin comics. (Réédition parue en 2019)

Charlot au régiment - Mat

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Re-publication of vintage French Charlot comic books: Charlot au régiment. (Réédition parue en 2017)

Charlot Champion Olympique - Mat

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Re-publication of vintage French Charlot comic books: Charlot Champion Olympique. (Réédition parue en 2018)

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An elderly Charlie Chaplin discusses his autobiography with his editor, recounting his amazing journey from his poverty-stricken childhood to world-wide success after the ingenious invention... Read all An elderly Charlie Chaplin discusses his autobiography with his editor, recounting his amazing journey from his poverty-stricken childhood to world-wide success after the ingenious invention of the Little Tramp. An elderly Charlie Chaplin discusses his autobiography with his editor, recounting his amazing journey from his poverty-stricken childhood to world-wide success after the ingenious invention of the Little Tramp.

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  • 3 wins & 20 nominations total


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Dan Aykroyd

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Marisa Tomei

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Kevin Kline

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Maria Pitillo

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Milla Jovovich

  • Mildred Harris

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  • Trivia Geraldine Chaplin played her real-life paternal grandmother Hannah Chaplin.
  • Goofs When Charlie is shown at the 1972 Oscars near the end of the movie, he is showed being brought to the podium in the wheelchair and then standing at the podium as the movie clips played. In the actual awards ceremony, Charlie walked out to the podium under his own power after the clips ended.

German Diplomat : [offering his hand] Mr. Chaplin! I am a great admirer of yours.

Charlie Chaplin : I'm sorry, I prefer not to shake hands with Nazis.

German Diplomat : [laughs nervously] What have you got against us, Mr. Chaplin, hm?

Charlie Chaplin : What have you got against everybody else?

  • Crazy credits The film ends with the final scene of The Circus (1928) : Charlie Chaplin walks off into the distance.
  • Alternate versions To receive a 12 certificate the original UK cinema version was cut to remove one use of 'fucking' (during Charlie's homecoming visit to a pub). Later releases were uncut and upgraded to a 15 rating.
  • Connections Featured in Friday Night: Episode #1.11 (1992)
  • Soundtracks The Honeysuckle and The Bee Written by Albert Fitz and William H. Penn (as William Penn)

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  • $31,000,000 (estimated)
  • Dec 27, 1992

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