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4.13  ·  Rating Details ·  594 Ratings  ·  33 Reviews
Charlie Chaplin (1889–1977) revolutionized the language of cinema and became one of the most loved performers of all time. But he was also a man plagued by loneliness and driven by the search for artistic perfection. His life was an extraordinarily dramatic one, and David Robinson explores the often tragic story of Chaplin’s alcoholic father; his mentally disturbed mother; ...more
Paperback, 792 pages
Published August 21st 1994 by Da Capo Press (first published 1985)
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Paul Bryant
Nov 21, 2011 Paul Bryant rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: movies
Celebrity is a mask that eats into the face. Said John Updike. I love that quote.

The Two Charlies : their decline and fall

There are remarkable parallels between Charles Dickens and Charlie Chaplin -
the workhouse/desperate London poverty childhoods,
the early success leading to the ever more gigantic successes,
the world-bestriding fame,
the popular genres becoming ever more elaborated (from Pickwick to Dombey, from Kid Auto Races to Modern Times),
the leftish political slant and the zeal for social
Feb 12, 2017 Paria:D rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 20-century
در يك كلام؛ كاش كمي ظرفيت داشته باشيم.
ظرفيت شهرت، ظرفيت ثروت،جنبه ي توجه، جنبه ي محبت...
اما حيف كه در سخن ساده و در عمل بسيار دشوار است. در كسري از ثانيه فرشته اي به ديو بدل ميگردد :/
Ahmad Sharabiani
chaplin, his life and art, David Robinson
عنوان: نامه های چارلی چاپلین به دخترش؛ نویسنده: دیوید رابینسون؛ مترجم: مهشید ظریف؛ مشهد، سراج اندیشه، 1384؛ در 41 ص، مصور، عکس؛ شابک: 9649622322؛ چاپ سوم 1385، 9789649622323؛ چاپ ششم 1388؛ چاپ دوازدهم 1392؛ موضوع: نامه ها و سرگذشتنامه چارلی چاپلین از 1889 تا 1977؛ قرن 20 م
Oct 22, 2011 Louie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have to agree with the other reviews. You have to be a true Chaplin fan to read this epic by David Robinson. There are only two books necessary for the Chaplin fan; "My Autobiograpy", by Chaplin himself, and this book by Robinson. While there are scores of other books on the market concerning Chaplin's life, Robinson's is THE definitive work.

If Charlie had been around to read this work, he might have amended his famous phrase from "If you want to know me, see my movies," to "If you want to kn
Shahla Pirasteh
May 15, 2010 Shahla Pirasteh rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
دخترم جرالدين, از تو دورم , ولی يک لحظه تصوير تو از ديدگانم دور نميشود.تو کجايی؟در پاريس ,روی صحنه تئاتر پرشکوه شانزه ليزه؟اين را ميدانم و چنان است که گويي در اين سکوت شبانگاهی ,آهنگ قدمهايت را ميشنوم.شنيده ام نقش تو در اين نمايش پرشکوه, نقش آن دختر زيبای حاکمی است که اسير خان تاتار شده است.
جرالدين, در نقش ستاره باش و بدرخش ,اما اگر فرياد تحسين آميز تماشاگران و عطر مستی آور گلهايی که برايت فرستاده اند به تو فرصت هوشياری داد بنشين و نامه ام را بخوان. من پدر تو هستم.امروز نوبت توست که صدای کف زدن
Feb 02, 2010 Amy rated it it was amazing
Over the years I have read many biographies and analyses of Chaplin's "life and art". This one seems to me to the the most comprehensive and compelling. I had the opportunity to meet the author last week and have a brief conversation, which was a wonderful moment for me. Mr. Robinson was very gracious in sharing insights into his work with me.
Mohamad asgari
Aug 23, 2007 Mohamad asgari rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
جالبه همین

من رنج آن دلقک دوره گرد را که اقيانوسی از غرور در دلش موج می زند اما سکه صدقه رهگذر خودخواهی آن را می خشکاند احساس کرده ام.
Dec 19, 2007 bup rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I think you have to like Chaplin to get through this book. I love Chaplin. So I'm glad there's a biography so thorough as this one, that collects in 632 pages and 100 pages of appendices pretty much every thing you might want to know about him.

It took me a while to get through (partly because I kept going to youtube to watch films as I was reading those parts, and watching the 3-episode Unknown Chaplin, which BBC production came out around the same time as this book and is almost a companion pie
HoMa Me
چارلی چه زیبا می گوید:
مردمان بر روی زمین استوار، بیشتر از بند بازان بر روی ریسمان نا استوار، سقوط می کنند .
Lynne Stringer
This book was fantastic, chock full of stories and anecdotes and meticulously researched. Highly recommended.
دل به زروزیور نبند،زیرا بزرگترین الماس این جهان آفتاب است و این الماس بر گردن همه میدرخشد.
مهدی پیچک؛ پیچک سر به هوا
این کتاب، اصلش از اساس بر پایهی دروغ بنا شده. اصن چنین کتابی وجود خارجی نداره، چه برسه به اینکه ترجمه هم داشته باشه! انتساب چنین نوشتهای به چارلی چاپلین از اون دروغهاست که سالها پیش، کسی به شوخی چنین ادعایی کرده و تو جریدهش منتشر کرده...

چن سال پیش از این، قضیه رو با خانم ظریف هم مطرح کردم؛ ولی خب ایشون گوش شنوا نداشتند.

"دروغ آن قدر استادانه گفته شده است که هنوز هم همه فکرمیکنند راست است.
ماجرا به سال 1345 بر میگردد و چایخانه ای در مرکز شهر تهران. مجله هفتگی
Raymond Hall
Sep 18, 2016 Raymond Hall rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this one,if you want to know about Charlie Chaplin,his life,where he was brought up in extreme poverty in south London and the films,this would be a good choice
Feb 13, 2012 Andrewh rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Though it did occasionally skirt with the hagiographic end of bios, this is probably about as good a book about the legendary comic actor/director you could find. It takes a conventional approach, with the usual slightly tedious trawl through his impoverished early life in Kennington (dad died early of the drink, and his mother was mentally ill, so he and Syndey, naturally enough, went on stage to earn a crust), through to the early days in music hall (his first appearance was in Sherlock Holmes ...more
When I find myself not merely enjoying a book, but savoring it, I know it's earned a five-star rating from me. And that's the case with this biography of Charlie Chaplin. It started and ended slow; the accounts of his youth in England and his old age in Switzerland were less interesting, but the middle portion, the Hollywood years, were completely absorbing. All too often, those who write about Chaplin take a too elite approach, trying to find all kinds of meanings and symbolism in the actions o ...more
Dec 06, 2015 Komail rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
■متن نامه کوتاه و موجز است، خواه نگاشته خود چارلی بوده، یا توسط دیگری نوشته و به چاپلین نسبت داده شده باشد.
■■ قالب کتاب شاید ظرف مناسبی برای این اثر نبود، یالااقل بدین شکلش
■■■برخی از فرازهای کتاب:
"مردمان بر روی زمین استوار، بیشتر از بند بازان بر روی ریسمان نا استوار، سقوط می کنند..."

 "دل به زروزیور نبند،زیرا بزرگترین الماس این جهان آفتاب است و این الماس بر گردن همه میدرخشد....."

...من رنج آن دلقک دوره گرد را که اقيانوسی از غرور در دلش موج می زند اما سکه صدقه رهگذر خودخواهی آن را می خشکاند احساس
Nadine Truong
I'm marking it as "read", but I really didn't get to finish this book. I love Chaplin, and I really appreciate the love and detail that went into writing this biography. If you want to know the EVERYTHING there is to know, this is the book to read. With that said, I'm not one of those people that need to know on what street which performance took place on what particular day of the year. Broader strokes are sufficient for me. This book feels like "The Dark Knight" Batman movie: Good, but an hour ...more
Jan 25, 2015 Jerry rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The best intellectual-professional biography of Chaplin out there, excellently researched and not too heavy on hero-worship (Chaplin certainly had his flaws as a person and limitations as a filmmaker). It serves as a useful counterbalance to Chaplin's autobiography, which is itself a lot more even-handed than most things in the genre. What neither of them do, very much, is develop a vigorous analysis of his directorial style. For that, the only book that really covers the ground is Donna Kornhab ...more
May 20, 2008 Jeanie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this book up to a point. The point where I stopped. =) Actually, for the movie and history buff this would be right up your alley. I am more of the less words, more pictures and simple stories person. I guess another word to describe me is "shallow" (I prefer "short and sweet", though).

Sad life as, I am convinced, most movie stars are---especially in their childhoods. BUT! As I said, a very informative and interesting book. Just a long read.
Javad Khodadadi
Sep 17, 2012 Javad Khodadadi rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
کتابی 43 صفحهای حاوی زندگی نامهای بسیار خلاصه و نامه چارلی چاپلین برای دخترش و تصاویر چارلی و اعضای خانواده در دورههای مختلف
متن نامه بسیار شیرین و زیباست اما تنها 7 صفحه از کتاب را شامل میشود.
زندگی نامه بسیار خلاصه و در حالاتی گنگ بیان شده و شامل 9 صفحه است.
بقیه کتاب تنها تصاویر گاها بی کیفتی است که فقط برای بالابردن تعداد صفحات به چاپ رسیده است!
یک امتیاز فقط برای متن نامه
Rob Foster
May 07, 2014 Rob Foster rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is far and away the most detailed, exhaustive biography of Chaplin anyone could want. A literal count of the hairs on his head. Invaluable to the hardcore Charliephile, a book that will wrestle you to a draw. Its almost term paper- like exactitude is why I had to leave off a star - the book is enjoyable but it's work!
Feb 16, 2015 Tore rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good, but not great. A bit bland at times, lacking somewhat with regard to anecdotes, perhaps. A well known story is that Chaplin once entered a Charlie Chaplin lookalike competition and came third. Where is that story, even if not true? But all said, you still learn a lot about perhaps the most famous man in history at one point, his working methods and the man himself. 4 minus.
Jan 22, 2009 Lisa rated it it was amazing
Probably the best biography out there on Chaplin. Loads of photos (though there could have been more). Beautifully written and kept me engaged through all 500+ pages. Not a great book to travel with, though. Quite hefty, even for a paperback.
Todd Stockslager
Too-adoring biography always takes the best view of Chaplin's often checkered personal life, and doesn't really dig into the drive for control that made Chaplin one of the first modern artists.
Aug 11, 2012 Patrick rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a fine biography of one of the greatest artists of the 20th century, with detailed analysis of Chaplin's art, technique, and motivations.
Dan Richter
Mar 10, 2015 Dan Richter rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: biographie, film
Wunderbare Biographie ohne die inzwischen üblichen küchenpsychologischen Spekulationen. Entstehung der Filme im Detail, Familienhintergrund und die seltsamen Gewohnheiten eines großen Künstlers.
Sep 09, 2013 Goldeoos rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An EXTREMELY detailed account of Chaplin's life & work. Very enjoyable to someone as interested in the topic as I am but I still found myself skimming at times.
Aug 31, 2012 Emma rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
Chaplin's life is so interesting. Only read this biography if you like details, though, 'cause it's huge.
Apr 06, 2014 Kerry rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of the best books I have ever read. Not a fan of silent movies, but this made me at least interested in seeing what he did.
Kerrie Garnham
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David Robinson (born 1930) is a British film critic and author. He started writing for Sight and Sound and the Monthly Film Bulletin in the 1950s, becoming Assistant Editor of Sight and Sound and Editor of the Monthly Film Bulletin in 1957-1958. He was film critic of The Fi
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