Chaplin and American Culture: The Evolution of a Star Image

Chaplin and American Culture: The Evolution of a Star Image

by Charles J. Maland
     
 

Charles Maland focuses on the cultural sources of the on-and-off, love-hate affair between Chaplin and the American public that was perhaps the stormiest in American stardom. "A fascinating, ambitious and incisive look at American culture and at the cinematic genius."--Robin Lippincott, New York Times Book Review "Maland pioneers a new approach to Chaplin.... Anyone… See more details below

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Charles Maland focuses on the cultural sources of the on-and-off, love-hate affair between Chaplin and the American public that was perhaps the stormiest in American stardom. "A fascinating, ambitious and incisive look at American culture and at the cinematic genius."--Robin Lippincott, New York Times Book Review "Maland pioneers a new approach to Chaplin.... Anyone interested in Chaplin must read it. And those engaged in the task of bringing to film history a new awareness of the cultural and political context of film production and reception will find this a book to think about, argue with, and learn from."--Tom Gunning, Film Quarterly "[Here is] the story behind Charlie Chaplin's rise and fall from grace in the public eye, his attempts to redeem his stardom, his twenty-year banishment from the United States, and his qualified rapprochement.... [Maland] puts us in touch with those times past but also confronts us with those still-lurking societal instincts that urge a culture's killing of its prophets."--Gerard Molyneaux, Flashback

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780691028606
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
02/01/1991
Pages:
464
Product dimensions:
6.04(w) x 9.04(h) x 1.16(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations and Creditsxi
Prefacexiii
Acknowledgmentsxix
Abbreviationsxxi
Part 1To the Top
1Chaplin, the Early Films, and the Rise to Stardom3
The Rough-Edged Diamond: Charlie at Keystone
"Chaplinitis": Charlie at Essanay
The Genteel Tradition and the "Vulgar" Charlie
Romance and Pathos: The "Refining" of Charlie
2The Perils of Popularity25
Chaplin's Star Image in the Mutual Period
The Further "Refining" of Charlie
Chaplin the "Slacker"?
The First Marriage and Divorce
Troubles at First National
Part 2At the Top: Charlie and the 1920s
3From The Kid to The Gold Rush55
Finishing Up at First National
Interviews and Writings in the Early 1920s
Branching Out: A Woman of Paris
Creating an Epic: The Gold Rush
Cultivating the Intelligentsia
4Struggling through the Twenties94
Chaplin and Lita Grey
Mixed Reviews: The Press and the Second Divorce
The Burdens of Being Funny: The Circus
Charlie and the Threat of the Talkies
Farewell to the Twenties: City Lights
Part 3The Challenge of Progressive Politics
5The Depression, the World Tour, and Modern Times127
A Comedian Sees--and Comments on--the World
Critics, Artists, and Depression America
Chaplin's Public Politics before 1936
Modern Times: Production, Publicity, and Promotion
Modern Times: Political Ambiguity and Critical Response
6The Popular Front, The Great Dictator, and the Second Front, 1936-1942159
The Popular Front and American Antifascism
The Great Dictator: Preparation, Production, and Promotion
The Great Dictator and the Aesthetic Contract
Critical, National, and International Reaction to The Great Dictator
Chaplin and the Second Front
Part 4Unraveling
7Joan Barry, the Press, and the Tarnished Image197
The Affair
Chaplin, Barry, and the Courts
Chaplin, Barry, and the Gossip Columnists
The Press and the Barry-Chaplin Story
8Monsieur Verdoux and the Cold War: Irreconcilable Differences221
The Hollywood Emigres
The Cooling of Progressivism in Early Postwar America
Lashing Out: Monsieur Verdoux
Monsieur Verdoux: Initial Promotion and Reception
The Campaign That Failed
9Chaplin's Politics and American Culture, 1943-1952253
Chaplin the Progressive Activist, 1943-1949
Chaplin and the U.S. Congress
Chaplin and the FBI: The Internal Security File
Backing Away from Politics, 1950-1952
10Limelight and Banishment: The Futility of Reconciliation279
Chaplin, the U.S. Government, and Banishment, 1952-1953
Limelight: Autobiography and the Aesthetic Contract
Critical Response to Limelight
The Press and Banishment
The Limelight Boycott and Chaplin's Star Image
Part 5The Exile and America
11The Exiled Monarch and the Guarded Restoration, 1953-1977317
Running Battles: Chaplin, American Culture, and the Later 1950s
Shifting Winds: The 1960s
A Guarded Restoration: The 1972 Return Tour
Rereleases and Chaplin's Star Image in the 1970s
12Epilogue361
Notes375
Select Bibliography419
Index427

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