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Chaplin: His Life and Art (Paladin Books) [Paperback]

David Robinson
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3 Dec 1992 Paladin Books
A biography examining the extraordinary life of Charlie Chaplin. Writing with full access to the Chaplin archives, the author provides an insight into Chaplin's working methods. Published to coincide with the release of the film Chaplin.

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  • Paperback: 816 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; (Reissue) edition (3 Dec 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0586085440
  • ISBN-13: 978-0586085448
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 13.5 x 5.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 655,726 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In just a few short years Charles Chaplin revolutionized the language of cinema and became the most universally loved performer of all time. But who was the man that dazzled and perplexed his adoring public? Perfectionist, playboy or workaholic? Spokesman for the poor playmate, of the international rich? Calculating or compassionate?

Only this definitive biography answers such contradictory and intriguing questions-the only one to be written with full access to the Chaplain archives-in which David Robinson provides a uniquely documented record of the working methods and extra-ordinary life of the mercurial genius of early cinema.

"An indispensable work for all concerned with the history of the cinema."
SUNDAY TIMES

"A classic piece of film biography which is also the fascinating story of a brilliant, perverse, courageous man, indisputably one of the great artists of the twentieth century"
LINDSAY ANDERSON, 'Tatler'


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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A book that tries to understand the genius 3 Feb 2010
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There are literally loads of books about the comedy genius Charlie Chaplin and I have read quite a few. This fabulous effort by David Robinson is among the very best there is and I recommend it without question.

The amount of research done is incredible and the author has really tried to discover just what type of man Chaplin was. There are several anecdotes from friends and associates and you will definitely discover things that you didn't know. His greatest movies are discussed in detail and a supreme effort has been made at discovering the techniques used by the maestro. Every aspect of his life is discussed and you finally get a sense of Charlie Chaplin the man rather than just the world famous clown. There are several black and white photos featured but it is the complex life of a sometimes troubled genius that is shown here and in that sense this could just be the best biography of Chaplin that there is, it really is that good.

I can also recommend the excellent The Charlie Chaplin Encyclopedia and Charlie's own My Autobiography (Penguin Modern Classics) as essential reading. ' Chaplin; His Life and Art' is a superb study of one of the most famous movie stars of all time and five stars is fully justified.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Chaplin 6 Sep 2012
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Chaplin was a pioneer and a man who rose literally from the streets to the first world-wide star. He let an eclectic and fascinating life both in a positive and negative way. Of particular note was how he stood up to Hitler and made a mockery out of him and Mussolini.
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