Chaplin: A Life

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Skyhorse Publishing Inc., Jan 1, 2011 - Biography & Autobiography - 315 pages
?Chaplin is arguably the single most important artist produced by the cinema,? wrote film critic Andrew Sarris. Born in London in 1889, Charlie Chaplin grew up in dire poverty. Severe alcoholism cut short his father?s flourishing career, and his beloved mother first lost her voice, then her mind, to syphilis. How did this poor, lonely child, committed to the Hanwell School for the Orphaned and Destitute, become such an extraordinary comedian, known and celebrated worldwide? Dr. Stephen M. Weissman brilliantly illuminates both the screen legend himself and the turbulent era that shaped him.
 

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Contents

Introduction
Chaplin
A Family Romance
Family Secrets
Improvisations
The Invulnerable Child
Life Is a Tragedy in Closeup but a Comedy in Long Shot
Child Prodigy
The Greenhorn and the Guvnor
The Immigrant
Lets Go to the Movies
Birth of a Tramp
The Moon Shines Bright on Charlie Chaplin
What Happened Next
Afterword
Acknowledgments

Woman in the Window
An Actors Life for Me
Clowning Around
Basic Training

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