Chaplin's War Trilogy: An Evolving Lens in Three Dark Comedies, 1918-1947

Chaplin's War Trilogy: An Evolving Lens in Three Dark Comedies, 1918-1947

by Wes D. Gehring
     
 

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The book examines Charlie Chaplin's evolving perspective on dark comedy in his three war films, Shoulder Arms (1918), The Great Dictator (1940), and Monsieur Verdoux (1947). In the first he uses the genre in a groundbreaking manner but yet for a pro-war cause. In Dictator dark comedy is applied in an antiwar way. In Monsieur Verdoux Chaplin embraces the genre as an

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The book examines Charlie Chaplin's evolving perspective on dark comedy in his three war films, Shoulder Arms (1918), The Great Dictator (1940), and Monsieur Verdoux (1947). In the first he uses the genre in a groundbreaking manner but yet for a pro-war cause. In Dictator dark comedy is applied in an antiwar way. In Monsieur Verdoux Chaplin embraces the genre as an individual in defense against a society out to destroy him. All three are pivotal films in the development of the genre in film, with the latter two movies being very controversial for their time.

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this tribute to Chaplin is both a brilliant textual analysis and a cultural history...Gehring remains supreme in film comedy scholarship...recommended
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"an intelligent look at one aspect of Chaplin's enormous contribution to cinema. Recommended"

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786474653
Publisher:
McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date:
09/04/2014
Pages:
240
Sales rank:
1,096,742
Product dimensions:
6.90(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.60(d)

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Meet the Author

Wes D. Gehring is a professor of film at Ball State University and associate media editor for USA Today magazine, for which he also writes the column "Reel World." He is the author of 32 film-related books, including award-winning biographies of James Dean, Carole Lombard, Steve McQueen, Robert Wise and Red Skelton.

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