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Chaplin: His Life and Art (Paladin Books) Paperback – 3 Dec 1992
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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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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."
"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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The author David Robinson tells us of Chaplin's meteoric rise in the entertainment business which took him from the slums of Victorian South London to the glamour of Hollywood, exile & beyond. His was a dazzling talent - a wonderful entertainer, comedian, actor & film maker.
The book has been meticulously researched. Its almost 900 pages are full absorbing about Charlie, his life & times, the entertainment & film industries. All backed up lots of photos, reproductions of posters, letters & extracts from other documents, many of which come from the Chaplin official archive. One of the things I like most about Charlie is his genuine interest in other people & what motivates them. It helps to make his autobiography especially enjoyable. It's full of engaging stories of about the people he knew including South London stall holders, Ghandi, GBS, & Albert Einstein. I also believe it in large part contributed to his genius. David Robinson tells us that he inherited this ability from his mother Hannah Chaplin.
I would certainly recommend this book & while I'm about, it his films too.
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