Tramp: The Life of Charlie Chaplin
Charlie Chaplin made an amazing seventy-one films by the time he was only thirty-three years old. He was not only known as the world’s first international movie star, but as a comedian, film director, and a man ripe with scandal, accused of plagiarism, communism, pacifism, liberalism, and anti-Americanism. He seduced young women, marrying four different times, each time to a woman younger than the next. In this animated biography of Chaplin, Joyce Milton reveals to us a life riddled with gossip and a struggle to rise from an impoverished London childhood to the life of a successful American film star. Milton shows us how the creation of his famous character – The Tramp, the Little Fellow – was both rewarding and then devastating as he became obsolete with the changes of time. Tramp is a perceptive, clever, and captivating biography of a talented and complicated man whose life was filled with scandal, politics, and art.
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if you truly want to learn about chaplin, do as he said and watch his films. or read "chaplin: genius of the cinema" by jeffrey vance or "chaplin" by david robinson. or chaplin's own autobiography. but do not read this piece of trash by joyce milton. she went out of her way to rearrange the facts and make plenty assumptions about his character, but not give the real story. she had some kind of ax to grind with him for some reason, and i hate to think of any new fan of chaplin's work stumbling upon this "book." this was the only book i ever threw away, simply because i didn't want to pass it along to an unsuspecting possible fan.
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Very well researched and written, but she clearly doesn't like Chaplin very much. It's predominantly devoted to his communist pecadilloes and his unfortunate relations with women (as opposed to, say ... Read full review