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Charlie Chaplin and His Times

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This examination of the legendary actor's life, art and controversial politics within the context of their times, presents a definitive portrait of Charlie Chaplin.
Paperback, 632 pages
Published November 12th 2002 by Cooper Square Press (first published March 3rd 1997)
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Stacia
Jul 25, 2008 Stacia rated it liked it
The note written by a previous offer of this book sums it up nicely: "Larry thinks this book plays into the pro-Commie sentiments too much". So true. And so far it really is mostly commentary on Chaplin's memoir, describe its inaccuracies. Who cares?
Anthony Ventrello
An absolute joy to read and to hold on to. A must-read/purchase for any serious Chaplin fan or student of the clowning trade.
Adam Hegg
read for work. readible, clear and easily followed.
Nathan
Lynn does a serviceable job of combining artistic criticism of Chaplin's films with a portrait of the man himself, but the personal portrait is devoted heavily to Chaplin's political views. This topic is covered over and over, taking up the greater part of this book's considerable bulk and smudging out the more interesting facets of film and humor hinted at in the earlier sections. Had the subject matter been more evenly handled, this would have been more useful, and more engaging. Not a good in ...more
Suzanne Prichard
Important to read if you are a fan of Chaplin, or cinema. Gives you the good, bad and the ugly parts of the man although it fails to explain the genius, like was he born that way? A bit obsessed with the 'mother was mentally ill" theme, and dragged a bit in the era of communist red-baiting. Lynn is a bit too concerned with pointing out the inaccuracies in Chaplin's memoir, but his source material is very deep, and the chronological setup, a chapter per film, roughly after he began making feature ...more
Jenny
Apr 27, 2012 Jenny rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a great, if somewhat sordid read. It really captured an era in theater and early cinema. Chaplin was a fascinating guy, but such an egotist that by the end you end up hating him.

Here's a fascinating tidbit: his children were not allowed to watch any movies other than his until they were in their teens.
Amy Wolf
Feb 04, 2013 Amy Wolf rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really digs into the career & character of Chaplin, a _very_ complex man despite his "Little Tramp" persona. Takes us through his start as a mime to Hollywood to owning his own studio to exile. They say there were only 2 true geniuses in Hollywood: Disney, and Chaplin. This is the intriguing story of one of them.
Stephen Palmer
Jul 15, 2013 Stephen Palmer rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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A good read, though perhaps a little too in-depth for me.
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