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Charlie Chaplin: Interviews


A collection of interviews that offers a complex portrait of perhaps the world's greatest cinematic comedian and a man who is considered to be one of the most influential screen artists in movie history
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A collection of interviews that offers a complex portrait of perhaps the world's greatest cinematic comedian and a man who is considered to be one of the most influential screen artists in movie history
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Silent cinema star Chaplin was a visual genius. He spoke in images, not words, which may explain his discomfort with reporters as well as why this book of interviews is a mixed bag. Hayes, an English professor at the University of Central Oklahoma, mined the more thoughtful interviews Chaplin gave between 1915 and 1967. They reveal his philosophies of filmmaking, his artistic spontaneity and his love of character over plot. Hayes minimizes the controversies that surrounded Chaplin-his marriages and his politics-and focuses on his aesthetic. The collection opens with a 1915 Motion Picture Magazine article that details his move to Essanay studio in order to write, direct and star, and ends with Chaplin's comments on his 1967 critical failure, The Countess from Hong Kong. Each decade of Chaplin's career is dutifully noted, and interesting tidbits abound, such as the inspiration for The Little Tramp's iconic walk and mustache. But the book's drawback is pronounced: the repetitive nature of celebrity interviews is such that almost every entry describes Chaplin's poverty-stricken childhood and his training in Fred Karno's vaudeville troupe. There are gems-Bosley Crowther's 1960 New York Times Magazine article is the most succinct and affords an insightful overview of Chaplin's life and career-but readers have to work to find them. (Feb.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781578067015
  • Publisher: University Press of Mississippi
  • Publication date: 1/18/2005
  • Series: Conversations with Filmmakers Series
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Kevin J. Hayes is a professor of English at the University of Central Oklahoma. His previous books include Poe and the Printed Word, Folklore and Book Culture, and An American Cycling Odyssey, 1887, among others. He has been published in Film Criticism, Literature/Film Quarterly, Cinema Journal, and other periodicals.
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Table of Contents

The funniest man on the screen 3
Charlie Chaplin, cheerful comedian 7
Charles Chaplin : a tragedian would be 13
Beneath the mask : witty, wistful, serious is the real Charlie Chaplin 17
In Chaplin's house of glass 22
Charlie Chaplin : rather a quiet little guy who takes his pantomimic art seriously 27
Charles, not Charlie 33
Charlie Chaplin 38
The hamlet-like nature of Charlie Chaplin 46
Charlie Chaplin, philosopher, has serious side 51
[Chaplin's] hope to see much of England 64
Absolutely, Mr. Chaplin! : positively, Mr. Freud! : psychoanalysis comes to the movies 67
What Chaplin thinks 71
Shy Charlie Chaplin opens his heart 75
Future of the cinema : Mr. Charles Chaplin 80
Chaplin explains Chaplin 84
Charles Chaplin : film comedian's welcome 88
Chaplin draws a keen weapon 91
From rags to riches 98
Charlie Chaplin's Monsieur Verdoux press conference 103
But it's sad, says Chaplin, it's me 119
The modern - mellower - times of Mr. Chaplin 122
Ageless master's anatomy of comedy : Chaplin, an interview 129
Chaplin on the critics, the Beatles, the mood of London 142
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    Posted December 18, 2005


    Great interviews from a comic genius.

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