- Series: Conversations With Filmmakers Series
- 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 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,658,118 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From the Publisher
-- 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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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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"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)
...and several others.
The last interview from 1967, which reads more like an essay than an interview, stands as a particularly interesting comparison to the first interview from 1915; Chaplin appears no less alert as an older, experienced film-maker than he did half a century earlier. Granted, some of the articles carry a certain "fan magazine feel," but on the whole most of them appear more modern in style and content than one might expect. The journalistic prose from the 10s and 20s sounds a bit dated now and then, but not overwhelmingly so. The one part of the book which I could gladly have been without for the sake of reading pleasure, is the MONSIEUR VERDOUX press conference (1947); taking place during a stressful time in Chaplin's life, it mostly includes attacks on Chaplin's politics from the reporters. However, as an historical document, the press conference is of interest, of course.
The book includes no illustrations apart from the book cover, but would in any case have felt a bit unnecessary in a book of this kind. CHARLIE CHAPLIN: INTERVIEWS is a book which any fan of the great comedian should read. I'll be sure to get the similar Buster Keaton-book one of these days.