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Wife of the Life of the Party, by Lita Grey Chaplin

Wife of the Life of the Party, by Lita Grey Chaplin

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Wife of the Life of the Party is the memoir of the late Lita Grey Chaplin (1908-1995), the only one of Chaplin’s wives to have written an account of life with Chaplin. Her memoir is an extraordinary Hollywood story of someone who was there from the very beginning. Born Lillita Louise MacMurray in Hollywood, she began her career at twelve with the Charlie Chaplin Film Company, when Chaplin selected her to appear with him as the flirting angel in The Kid. (more…)

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The Charlie Chaplin Archives

The Charlie Chaplin Archives

Editorial review of The Charlie Chaplin Archives courtesy of Amazon.com

Buy from Amazon.com Within a year of arriving in Hollywood in 1914, British-born Charlie Chaplin 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 rapidly one of the richest men in the world, with a million dollar contract, his own studio and his stock company of close collaborators. From Alaska to Zimbabwe, the bowler hat, cane, baggy trousers and outsized shoes of the Tramp became, and remains, an instantly recognizable silhouette. (more…)

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Charlie Chaplin, Director

Charlie Chaplin, Director

Editorial review of  Charlie Chaplin, Director courtesy of Amazon.com

Buy from Amazon.com Charlie Chaplin was one of the cinema’s consummate comic performers, yet he has long been criticized as a lackluster film director. In this groundbreaking work – €”the first to analyze Chaplin’s directorial style – Donna Kornhaber radically recasts his status as a filmmaker. Spanning Chaplin’s career, Kornhaber discovers a sophisticated “Chaplinesque” visual style that draws from early cinema and slapstick and stands markedly apart from later, “classical” stylistic conventions. (more…)

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Charlie Chaplin - Intimate Close-Ups by Georgia Hale

Charlie Chaplin: Intimate Close-Ups

Charlie Chaplin: Intimate Close-Ups, by Georgia Hale

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Buy from Amazon.com Many remember Charlie Chaplin‘s comic masterpiece, The Gold Rush, as the finest blend of comedy and farce ever brought to the screen. Far fewer remember its heroine, Georgia Hale (1900-1985).

Charlie Chaplin - Intimate Close-Ups by Georgia HaleSeventy years after the film’s appearance, Heather Kiernan brings Georgia Hale back to life in this edition of her hitherto unpublished memoirs. Research work embodied in her perceptive introduction clears up many uncertainties about Hale’s life and provides an outline of her most significant years. (more…)

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Tramp - the Life of Charlie Chaplin by Joyce Milton

Tramp: The Life Of Charlie Chaplin

Tramp: The Life Of Charlie Chaplin, by Joyce Milton

Description of  Tramp: The Life of Charlie Chaplin

Charlie Chaplin (1889 – 1977) was one of the most loved, hated, and gossiped-about figures in film history. On screen the handsome actor delighted viewers with his “Tramp” character, but off screen he betrayed friends and colleagues, stole ideas, evaded taxes, and developed a reputation as a seducer of startlingly young women. Tramp traces Chaplin’s life and career, from his childhood in the slums of London, through his early days as a music hall entertainer, to his meteoric rise and astonishing success in the American film world (including seventy-one films by age thirty-three), and his exile in Europe in the McCarthyist 1950s. Attributing some of his disturbing behavior to manic-depression, Milton confronts his troubling views, especially on politics, while celebrating his artistic genius in this probing and revelatory biography. (more…)

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Chaplin – A Life

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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: A Life - Stephen A. Weissman - "always provocative and at times heart-wrenching ... an important addition to an understanding of my father's genius and art." - Geraldine ChaplinBuy from Amazon.comChaplin 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 his genius in fascinating detail, demonstrating how his tragic childhood shaped his personality and his art. (more…)

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Chaplin: The Tramp’s Odyssey

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Buy from Amazon.com An Everyman who expressed the defiant spirit of freedom,  Charlie Chaplin was first lauded and later reviled in the America that made him Hollywood’s richest man. He was a figure of multiple paradoxes. Simon Louvish’s new book, following his five major biographies of comedy’s classic stars, from W.C. Fields to  Laurel and Hardy  and Mae West, looks afresh at the ‘mask behind the man.’ (more…)

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Remembering Charlie: A Pictorial Biography, by Jerry Epstein

Remembering Charlie: A Pictorial Biography

Remembering Charlie: A Pictorial Biography, by Jerry Epstein

Buy from Amazon.com  Remembering Charlie is a very warm, personal biography of  Charlie Chaplin by his friend, assistant and producer, Jerry Epstein. The book definitely lives up to its’ name of ‘pictorial’.  I count over 280 photographs and other reproductions throughout the book, both of Chaplin’s work, his family, his friends, and a few pertaining more to Mr. Epstein.  You might expect a lot of self-aggrandizing in this type of biography, but you would be mistaken. Jerry Epstein looked up to Charlie Chaplin, and

Remembering Charlie: A Pictorial Biography, by Jerry EpsteinJerry Epstein looked up to Charlie Chaplin, and saw Charlie and Oona as a combination of foster parents, role models, and mentors. He was there firsthand as Chaplin’s assistant on  Limelight, as well as working with him on  A King in New York  and  A Countess in Hong Kong. Jerry was also a close friend, due to his friendship with Chaplin’s son Sydney, as well as his own maturing relationship with Charlie Chaplin and Oona O’Neil Chaplin. He carries the story up to the death of Chaplin, and beyond, talking somewhat about Chaplin’s surviving family, and his film legacy. (more…)

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Chaplin's Limelight and the Music Hall Tradition

Chaplin’s Limelight and the Music Hall Tradition

Editorial Review of Chaplin’s Limelight and the Music Hall Tradition

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, was a tribute to the music hall days of his youth (more…)

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Sir Charlie: Chaplin, the Funniest Man in the World

Sir Charlie: Chaplin, the Funniest Man in the World

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Buy from Amazon.com 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. (more…)

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