Masters of Cinema: Charlie Chaplin.

Larcher, Jerome.

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The year of Chaplin’s film debut was 1914 when he was twenty-five. Haunted by a poverty stricken childhood, his sole aim was to take revenge on life. He certainly had no idea that he would create, via his tramp character, a veritable myth that comes around only a few times each century. He could never have imagined that during the next fifty years, he would create a body of work acclaimed all over the world. An illustrated history of his career, with chronology and filmography.


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Charlie Chaplin (UK, 1889-Switzerland, 1977) is one of cinema s mythical figures, while the character he played so often has become an icon. After a childhood in Dickensian London and early work on the stage, it was his move to Hollywood that enabled him to express his rich talent to the maximum, becoming the undisputed master of the burlesque genre in its golden age. His best known feature films, including City Lights (1931), Modern Times (1936) and The Great Dictator (1940), were made in the 1930s and combine comedy with social and political comment. With the advent of sound, Chaplin put away his baggy trousers, walking stick, broken-down shoes and bowler hat and set about developing ambitious dramas. But during the cold war period his free lifestyle and left-wing political affiliations obliged him to leave the USA. While his last European films, Monsieur Verdoux (1947) and Limelight (1952), did not have the same popular success as his earlier work, they remain major masterpieces.

Book Details

Author Larcher, Jerome.
Format PB
Series Title Masters of Cinema
Publisher Cahiers du Cinema
Imprint Cahiers du Cinema
Number of Pages 104
Illustrations 100
Publish Date 27/04/2011
Catalogue Nov19
Catalogue book number 250