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  • Series: Conversations with Filmmakers
  • Paperback: 150 pages
  • Publisher: University Press of Mississippi (January 13, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1578067022
  • ISBN-13: 978-1578067022
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #392,691 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.)
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-- Features interviews with one of the most beloved movie icons of all-time, director of such masterpieces as "City Lights", "The Great Dictator", "Modern Times", "The Kid", and "The Gold Rush"

-- Arranges interviews and profiles from the beginning of Charlie Chaplin's career in the 1910s to the twilight of his career in the late 1960s

-- Covers Chaplin's initial start as a maker of two-reel silent shorts and his gradual progression to full-length pictures featuring sound

-- Adds one of the great classic directors to the Conversations with Filmmakers Series


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Once you're through reading Chaplin's memoirs and David Robinson's biography, you easily get the impression that's everything a Chaplin-fan needs to know about their hero. I assure you such is not the case; I can name several other books just as significant for any student of the comedian's life and work, and CHARLIE CHAPLIN: INTERVIEWS is certainly among them. Kevin J. Hayes has done a wonderful job collecting some of the more interesting interviews Chaplin did during his long career, beginning with "The Funniest Man on the Screen" by Victor Eubank (published 1915), in which Chaplin, who at that time had just signed his Essanay-contract, expresses intelligent and well-articulated thoughts about the art of comedy. There are twenty-four interviews in all, other titles included are:

"Beneath the Mask: Witty, Wistful, Serious Is The Real Charlie Chaplin" (Grace Kingsley, 1916)
"Charlie Chaplin, Philosopher, Has Serious Side" (Frank Veeland, 1921)
"Shy Charlie Chaplin Opens His Heart" (Mordaunt Hall, 1925)
"Future of the Cinema: Mr. Charles Chaplin" (Robert Nichols, 1925)
"Chaplin Explains Chaplin" (Harry Carr, 1925)
"Chaplin Draws a Keen Weapon" (Robert van Gelder, 1940)
"Charlie Chaplin's MONSIEUR VERDOUX Press Conference" (George Wallach, 1947)
"Ageless Master's Anatomy of Comedy: Chaplin, An Interview" (Richard Meryman, 1967)
...etc.

The last interview from 1967, which is compiled to fit an essay-format, is interesting to compare with the first from 1915; Chaplin appears no less alert as an older, experienced film-maker than he did half a century earlier.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Marilyn M on May 17, 2013
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This is one great book. Interviews with Chaplin throughout his career. The forward talks about the reporters who do the interviews and how they were able to get Mr. Chaplin to open up about his art. It is so fascinating to hear how he felt and talked about all sorts of things concerning his profession. I haven't finished it yet because I am trying to savor this book, as if it were one grand gourmet meal! If you are a Chaplin fan, you will devour this book. Enjoy!
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By Ron on June 22, 2013
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Liked this more than I thought I would. Gives a fun glimpse into the highly flawed person behind the recognizable icon.
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As a life-long Chaplin fan, this book added for me a lot more insight into his already well-documented life.
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