Charlie Chaplin: Interviews

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Charlie Chaplin: Interviews

Format:  Paperback,

150 pages

Publisher: Univ Pr of Mississippi

Publish Date: Feb 2005

ISBN-13: 9781578067022

ISBN-10: 1578067022

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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 as well crafted as his films. Unlike the Little Tramp, Chaplin the interviewee comes across as melancholy and serious, as the titles of some early interviews---"Beneath the Mask: Witty, Wistful, Serious Is the Real Charlie" or "The Hamlet-Like Nature of Charlie Chaplin"---make abundantly clear.

His first sound feature, "The Great Dictator," is a direct condemnation of Hitler. His later films such as "Monsieur Verdoux" and "Limelight" obliquely criticize American policy and consequently generated mixed reactions from critics and little response from moviegoers. During this late period of his filmmaking, Chaplin granted interviews less often. The three later interviews included here are thus extremely valuable, offering long, contemplative analyses of the man's life and work.


Publisher: Univ Pr of Mississippi
Publish Date: Feb 2005
ISBN-13: 9781578067022
ISBN-10: 1578067022
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 150
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 0.64
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 5.75 x 9.0 x 0.75
Walmart No.: 1578067022

Chapter outline

The funniest man on the screenp. 3
Charlie Chaplin, cheerful comedianp. 7
Charles Chaplin : a tragedian would bep. 13
Beneath the mask : witty, wistful, serious is the real Charlie Chaplinp. 17
In Chaplin's house of glassp. 22
Charlie Chaplin : rather a quiet little guy who takes his pantomimic art seriouslyp. 27
Charles, not Charliep. 33
Charlie Chaplinp. 38
The hamlet-like nature of Charlie Chaplinp. 46
Charlie Chaplin, philosopher, has serious sidep. 51
[Chaplin's] hope to see much of Englandp. 64
Absolutely, Mr. Chaplin! : positively, Mr. Freud! : psychoanalysis comes to the moviesp. 67
What Chaplin thinksp. 71
Shy Charlie Chaplin opens his heartp. 75
Future of the cinema : Mr. Charles Chaplinp. 80
Chaplin explains Chaplinp. 84
Charles Chaplin : film comedian's welcomep. 88
Chaplin draws a keen weaponp. 91
From rags to richesp. 98
Charlie Chaplin's Monsieur Verdoux press conferencep. 103
But it's sad, says Chaplin, it's mep. 119
The modern - mellower - times of Mr. Chaplinp. 122
Ageless master's anatomy of comedy : Chaplin, an interviewp. 129
Chaplin on the critics, the Beatles, the mood of Londonp. 142

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