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The Early Years of Charlie Chaplin (Hardback)

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By Prof Lisa Stein Haven
Imprint: White Owl
Pages: 232
ISBN: 9781526780720
Published: 20th July 2023



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Charlie Chaplin’s career has been described, critiqued, and scrutinized. There are book-length studies on Chaplin’s music hall career, his career at Keystone Studios and the Mutual Studios. Somehow, his tenure with First National studios, however, has been largely neglected, even though it was during this several-year contractual time period that Chaplin built and occupied his own studio for the first time, that he attempted and succeeded in filming a comedy feature (The Kid) and that he helped to set up United Artists, an organization that protected the salaries and creative freedom of actors in Hollywood. This period in Chaplin’s story is especially interesting because such landmark moments are accompanied by Chaplin’s first marriage and divorce, the death of his first child, his friendship with French silent film comedian Max Linder, World War I and the role he would play in it, and the production and release of several unsuccessful films that marked Chaplin’s first creative blockage - one that threatened his future career. This book will discuss the transitional periods just before and after the First National contract, as well as the all-important period satisfying it. Archival evidence provides most of the support for the book’s assertions, from the Chaplin archive (property of Roy Export, digitised by Cineteca di Bologna, Italy), and the personal archives of other individuals or institutions discussed. Rare photos will illustrate the story.

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Now, who didn't love this funny little actor from the Black and white old films.........Now I am showing my age!!!! So when I saw this book I wanted to learn more.....

The Early Years of Charlie Chaplin by Prof Lisa Stein Haven was a wonderful book. This book looks through Charlie Chaplin early life, his family and especially his career. Prof Lisa Stein Haven describes in detail about his life and best of all there are Rare photos throughout this book.
This was a joy to read and learn about Charlie Chaplin who made me laugh when I was young, watching him on the television with my grandad and 2 small sisters. The room was full of love and laughter and we used to talk about him all afternoon, Memories that I will never forget so when this book came out I just had to learn more about him, Shame my grandad isn't here now, he would of loved looking through this book with me.
One of my childhood hero's that used to make me lol.

NetGalley, Nessa Thompson

I really appreciated that this book filled in a lot of gaps in my knowledge of his filmmaking.

NetGalley, Ann Manikas

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London Live News, 3rd August 2023

I would highly recommend this to readers interested in film history, the history of silent film, and Chaplin's career.

NetGalley, Jack Messer

About Prof Lisa Stein Haven

Lisa Stein Haven is a Professor of English at Ohio University Zanesville and a respected scholar of the silent film comedy of Charlie and Sydney Chaplin, Buster Keaton and Max Linder, about whom she has written four books. Haven has presented on her work in London, UK, Bologna, Italy, Paris and Nantes, France as well as in the States.

Charlie Chaplin releases his first full-length feature - "The Kid", a silent film starring Charlie Chaplin & 6-year old Jackie Coogan

6th February 1921

Charlie Chaplin releases his first full-length feature - "The Kid", a silent film starring Charlie Chaplin & 6-year old Jackie Coogan

Actor/comedian Charlie Chaplin (54) marries actress Oona O'Neill (18)

16th June 1943

Actor/comedian Charlie Chaplin (54) marries actress Oona O'Neill (18)

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