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Chaplin: Genius of the Cinema Hardcover – 15 Nov 2003
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Charlie Chaplin was the first international cinema star and one of the greatest comic geniuses the world has known. Drawing on research and interviews with those who knew Chaplin, Jeffrey Vance presents an illustrated account which captures Chaplin's fascinating life as well as his creative process. Vance describes in 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, and the main themes and ideas that persist through the major Chaplin films. Chaplin's rags-to-riches life story is also represented in these pages, every stage of which is documented in photographs: his poverty-stricken childhood in late Victorian London, his unparalleled success in Hollywood, his numerous romances and four marriages, his political persecution during the anti-communist witch-hunts, and his happy years of quiet exile in Switzerland.
About the Author
Jeffrey Vance is a film historian and an authority on silent-film comedy. He is the author of Abrams' Buster Keaton Remembered and Harold Lloyd: Master Comedian. He collaborated on two previous books on Chaplin: Wife of the Life of the Party with Lita Grey Chaplin and Making Music with Charlie Chaplin with Eric James. Vance has been involved in the preservation and restoration of many silent films.
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The love put into this book is evident by the sheer quality contained herein. The public has seen 'the Chaplin image' so many times, that as the book points out, the respect for the ground-breaking brilliance of the artist's work is being lost to cynics and those who would downplay his role in cinema history to laud other less known filmmakers.
But this book successfully illustrates that they are forgetting one thing:
Chaplin doesn't just have a ROLE in cinema history, he helped CREATE cinema history.
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