British-born Charlie Chaplin was not only the world's first international movie star but one of the most loved, hated and gossiped-about figures in film history. In her colorful and absorbing biography of the mercurial Chaplin, Joyce Milton takes us from his childhood in the London slums and his early days as a music hall entertainer, through his meteoric rise and the fullBritish-born Charlie Chaplin was not only the world's first international movie star but one of the most loved, hated and gossiped-about figures in film history. In her colorful and absorbing biography of the mercurial Chaplin, Joyce Milton takes us from his childhood in the London slums and his early days as a music hall entertainer, through his meteoric rise and the full flowering of his artistic genius in the American film world, to his exile in Europe during the 1950s during the heyday of McCarthyism and Red-baiting. The Keystone comedies era and Chaplin's emergence as a star and director make a fascinating story, peopled by the likes of Mack Sennett, Fatty Arbuckle, Mabel Normand, Wallace Beery and Edna Purviance. His founding of United Artists in 1919, with Mary Pickford and Douglas Fairbanks, was seminal, giving him a control over his own films that no other writer, actor or director could hope for under the studio system at the time.Hollywood in the '20s and '30s makes today's film community seem puritanical by comparison, and Chaplin was a key figure in many of the gamier scandals. Successful, handsome and a megastar, he developed a reputation as a seducer of very young women -- his second, wife, Lita Grey, was 15 when they became involved, and he married Oona O'Neill, his fourth, when she was 18. Fighting a paternity suit and accusations of plagiarism, communism, pacifism, libertinism and anti-Americanism, Chaplin nevertheless managed to make 71 films by the time he was 33 years old -- with some of his finest work still ahead of him ( "The Gold Rush, City Lights, Modern Times" and "The Great Dictator" ).To date only sanitized versions of Chaplin's life have beentold, and no biography has yet placed Chaplin in an American context. A strong, determined artist -- at once charming and vulnerable but also vain, arrogant and egotistical -- Chaplin fought hard to overcome early hardships, and suffered greatly when the character he created -- the Tramp, the Little Fellow -- was rendered obsolete by age, changing audience tastes, and the advent of talkies. Joyce Milton's probing and revelatory biography explores the psychological and social roots of Chaplin's art, politics, love life and friendships through the course of a tumultuous life, at once rich and confounding."Tramp" is a shrewd, insightful and entertaining biography of one of the most talented and controversial figures in film history, a complicated man whose life was filled with scandal, politics and art....
|Title||:||Tramp: The Life Of Charlie Chaplin|
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Tramp: The Life Of Charlie Chaplin Reviews
It became obvious from page one that the author did not like Chaplin and was doing her best to drag him through the mud. This obviously biased biography was not a joy to read and would leave most Chaplin fans wanting to throw the book at its author. If you want to read a good book about Chaplin, this is not the one. It is poorly written and the writer obviously used rumors and her own feminist perspective when writing.
A very good book but I was put off by the amount of type-o's I found! For example, pg. 175 "Charlie was so furious yhat he fired Ellsworth..." The publisher is Da Capo Press. I wouldn't recommend this version.
Charlie Chaplin is a household name and face, but I knew nothing about his leftish politics or his sorted personal life until I read this. It is a really nice character study of him, and gives a good sense of his life and his place in cinema.
Very well researched and written, but she clearly doesn't like Chaplin very much. It's predominantly devoted to his communist pecadilloes and his unfortunate relations with women (as opposed to, say, his films, which are loved the world over). And she preposterously implies (as some do) that after the Mutuals his career was all downhill, which is complete and utter nonsense. Still, it's a point of view, and read in conjunction with other Chaplin biographies it does flesh out your picture of the man.
Well that was a dragging, but informative book. Though a clearly troubled individual the line between genius and madness stands true as Chaplin moves from the streets caring for an insane, drunken mother to the limelight and beyond. Certainly an interesting read for anyone interested in Charlie's extensive and twisting career.
There were a lot of typos but overall a good read. It was well researched and held an overwhelming amount of information. I'm a huge Chaplin fan and have drawn inspiration from him for my own films. I don't think the author hated him. He was just a difficult person to work with and be around. That's not a hidden fact the author just came up with. It's been discussed for years.
Going to reread at later date ~ this man interests me.