Chaplin: A Life 1st Edition, Kindle Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-1611450408
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About the Author

Stephen Weissman, M.D., is the author of His Brother's Keeper: A Psychobiography of Samuel Taylor Coleridge. A professor of psychiatry at the Washington School of Psychiatry, he lives in Washington, D.C.

From Publishers Weekly

Weissman, professor at the Washington School of Psychiatry, examines Charlie Chaplin's life and work from a psychoanalytical perspective. Believing in using a life to read a film and a film to read a life, Weissman focuses on Chaplin's childhood and early career, giving scant attention to his later adult life. Most telling is the relationship with his mother. Her madness, brought on by starvation and syphilis, Weissman believes, manifests itself in Chaplin's films with a recurring theme: the rescue of a downtrodden female. For example, City Lights is a childhood rescue fantasy of saving his parents, while Limelight is filled with references to his alcoholic father. Weissman uncovers the source for the shabby gentility of the Little Tramp, as well as the development of that extraordinary character. En route, he paints an engaging if narrowly focused portrait of how a cinema artist is created and how he practices his craft. (Jan.)
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Product details

  • File Size : 3561 KB
  • Print Length : 356 pages
  • ASIN : B005V2EFEE
  • Word Wise : Enabled
  • Publication Date : October 11, 2011
  • Publisher : Arcade; 1st Edition (October 11, 2011)
  • Language: : English
  • Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
  • Text-to-Speech : Enabled
  • X-Ray : Not Enabled
  • Screen Reader : Supported
  • Lending : Not Enabled
  • Customer Reviews:
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