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Charlie Chaplin: Intimate Close-Ups
     

Charlie Chaplin: Intimate Close-Ups

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by Georgia Hale, Heather Kiernan (Editor)
 

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Many remember Charlie Chaplin's comic masterpiece, The Gold Rush, as the finest blend of comedy and farce ever brought to the screen. Far fewer remember its heroine, Georgia Hale (1900-1985). Seventy years after the film's appearance, Heather Kiernan brings Georgia Hale back to life in this edition of her hitherto unpublished memoirs. Research work embodied in her

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Many remember Charlie Chaplin's comic masterpiece, The Gold Rush, as the finest blend of comedy and farce ever brought to the screen. Far fewer remember its heroine, Georgia Hale (1900-1985). Seventy years after the film's appearance, Heather Kiernan brings Georgia Hale back to life in this edition of her hitherto unpublished memoirs. Research work embodied in her perceptive introduction clears up many uncertainties about Hale's life and provides an outline of her most significant years. Hale's own chief purpose was to describe her long and close relationship with Chaplin and his dual personality, which made the relationship at times a love-hate one. As Chaplin's constant companion during the years 1928-1931, she became a part of his social circle, meeting people as diverse as Marion Davies, Sergei Eisenstein, Ralph Barton, and Albert Einstein. The memoir effectively ends with Chaplin's marriage in June 1943 to Oona O'Neill. This unique book contains illustrations from the Chaplin archive, most of which are published here for the first time.

Editorial Reviews

The Silent Film Monthly
...highly interesting...
Sight and Sound
A touching read...
Film Quarterly
Hale's book does corroborate other accounts of Chaplin's working methods and demeanor, and testifies to the intense devotion he could inspire in others.
Films In Review
...always delightful...manages to dance off the page with wonderful revelations of the charm and grandeur of Hollywood (and Chaplin) in the Twenties.
Limelight Magazine
The reader is rewarded with pieces of Chaplin's life not to be found elsewhere...in context the overall cumulative effect of the book is winning, and Georgia's personality comes through as warm and very appealing.
Booknews
The memoirs of the heroine of Chaplin's classic The Gold Rush describe Hale's love/hate relationship with Chaplin during the years 1928-1931. An introduction provides an outline of Ms. Hale's life and career. Includes b&w photos, a Hale filmography, and extracts from her unpublished correspondence. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781578860043
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
08/25/1999
Series:
Scarecrow Filmmakers Series , #44
Pages:
272
Sales rank:
929,383
Product dimensions:
6.02(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.72(d)

Meet the Author

Heather Kiernan, a freelance writer and editor, was educated at the University of Toronto and Cambridge University.

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Charlie Chaplin: Intimate Close-Ups 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Georgia Hale talks a little bit about her family and how she wants to meet Chaplin because of the loveable character, the Tramp, she sees on screen. Most of the book, however, is about her relationship with Chaplin. At times Chaplin could be that loveable character, the Tramp, and at times he was cold and hard for her to understand. I'm glad that the editor was able to put out this book that Georgia Hale couldn't get published. She saves a piece of history that is not only entertaining, but also accurate. Finally, if you're doing any type of research on Chaplin, you should get this book.