The Comedy of Charlie Chaplin: Artistry in Motionby Dan Kamin
Pub. Date: 09/05/2008
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
From his early shorts in the 1910s through his final film in 1967, Charlie Chaplin's genius embraced many arts: mime, dance, acting, music, writing, and directing. The Comedy of Charlie Chaplin: Artistry in Motion examines Chaplin's fusion of these arts in his films, providing new understanding of how movement communicates, how comedy routines are… See more details below
From his early shorts in the 1910s through his final film in 1967, Charlie Chaplin's genius embraced many arts: mime, dance, acting, music, writing, and directing. The Comedy of Charlie Chaplin: Artistry in Motion examines Chaplin's fusion of these arts in his films, providing new understanding of how movement communicates, how comedy routines are structured, and how stage skills can be translated to the screen.
An acclaimed comic performing artist himself, Dan Kamin brings a unique insider's perspective to the subject. He explores how Chaplin's physical virtuosity led him to create the timeless visual comedy that brought silent films to their peak. Kamin uncovers the underlying principles behind the filmmaker's gags, illuminating how Chaplin conjured comedy from the fundamental physical laws of movement. He then presents provocative new interpretations of the comedian's sound films, showing how Chaplin remained faithful to his silent comedy roots even as he kept reinventing his art for changing times.
Kamin also offers new insights into how Chaplin achieved rapport with audiences and demonstrates how comedy created nearly a century ago is still fresh today. Lavishly illustrated with many never-before-published images, The Comedy of Charlie Chaplin provides the only in-depth analysis of Chaplin as a movement artist and physical comedian. Revealing the inner working of Chaplin's mesmerizing art, this book will appeal not just to Chaplin fans but to anyone who loves comedy.
This paperback edition features an annotated bibliography and a foreword by Scott Eyman, author of Empire of Dreams: The Epic Life of Cecil B. DeMille and Print the Legend: The Life and Times of John Ford.
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Table of Contents
Introduction The Surprising Art of Charlie Chaplin
Pt. I That Charlie Chaplin Walk
Ch. 1 On the Boards 3
Ch. 2 Fooling for the Flickers 12
Ch. 3 Shoot the Mime 31
Ch. 4 Drunk Again 41
Pt. II Charlie Chaplin's Frolics
Ch. 5 Gagman 55
Ch. 6 Cast of Characters 76
Ch. 7 Shall We Dance? 100
Pt. III March of the Movies
Ch. 8 Facing Sound 121
Ch. 9 Swan Song with Music: City Lights 126
Ch. 10 The Machine Age: Modern Times 137
Ch. 11 Split Personality: The Great Dictator 154
Ch. 12 Return Engagement 172
Ch. 13 Monster Movie: Monsieur Verdoux 180
Ch. 14 Full Circle: Limelight 190
Ch. 15 The Banished Monarch 204
Postscript: Teaching Charlie Chaplin How to Walk 209
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