Chaplin and Agee: The Untold Story of the Tramp, the Writer, and the Lost Screenplay
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Chaplin and Agee: The Untold Story of the Tramp, the Writer, and the Lost Screenplay

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Chaplin and Agee charts the friendship between James Agee, author of Let Us Now Praise Famous Men and Pulitzer Prize-winning A Death in the Family and screenwriter for American classics including The African Queen, and Charlie Chaplin, who starred in a staggering number of films from 1914 to 1967. This friendship emerged in the midst of the tumult of the 1940s and 1950s, w...more
Paperback, 288 pages
Published May 14th 2006 by Palgrave Macmillan Trade (first published May 9th 2005)
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Bob Wake
[Reviewed in 2005]

Any lingering doubt as to the literary standing of James Agee (1909-1955) should be dispelled later this year when the prestigious Library of America publishes two volumes devoted to the writer’s work, which includes screenplays, film criticism, a Pulitzer Prize-winning novel (A Death in the Family), and a masterpiece of New Journalism years ahead of its time (Let Us Now Praise Famous Men). As a warm-up, Agee aficionados and cinema buffs can feast on John Wranovics’s Chaplin an...more
Ken French
I'm a big fan of both Chaplin and Agee, so I had high expectations for this book. The story behind the script is a lot more interesting than the script itself.
Stacia
Absolutely fascinating account of Chaplin's later years, riddled with an America out to get him, finds a strange ally in film critic and writer James Agee. I found myself just as interested in Agee as Chaplin. The book includes a treatment of a screenplay Agee wanted Chaplin to make, telling the story of a post-apocalyptic New York where the Little Tramp is one of the few survivors. Can you even imagine!?
Clayton
Oct 25, 2007 Clayton rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Fans of Chaplin and/or Agee
Wranovics likes to ramble and name drop a little too much, but overall he provides an interesting document of the relationship between two legendary and brilliant men. The main selling point, however, is Agee's lost screenplay, which is nothing short of remarkable.
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