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This is an auction for CHAPLIN: A LIFE, by Stephen Weissman.

"Psychiatrist Weissman offers a fascinating portrait of a complex man, who from 1915 to the mid-1930s was the most famous person in the world. Chaplin’s childhood was one of squalid poverty in London. Both parents were in show business, and alcoholism and syphilis blighted their lives. At seven, Charlie was committed to the Hanwell School for Orphans and Destitute Children. According to Weissman, Chaplin recreated his painful childhood over and over in his movies, especially through the adventures of Chaplin’s archetypal film persona, the Little Tramp, the comical and lovable Everyman who never gives up. Besides being a captivating study of a seminal figure in motion-picture history, the book is an engaging survey of early Hollywood filmmaking."
- Booklist (US)

"Weissman, professor at the Washington School of Psychiatry, examines Charlie Chaplin's life and work from a psychoanalytical perspective, focusing on his childhood and early career. Most telling is the relationship with his mother. Her madness, brought on by starvation and syphilis, manifests itself in Chaplin's films with a recurring theme: the rescue of a downtrodden female. For example, City Lights is a childhood rescue fantasy of saving his parents, while Limelight is filled with references to his alcoholic father. Weissman uncovers the source for the shabby gentility of the Little Tramp, as well as the development of that extraordinary character. En route, he paints an engaging portrait of how a cinema artist is created and how he practices his craft."
- Publishers Weekly (US)

Hardback 2009.

315 pages + photographs.

Near new condition.

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  • Seller location: Palmerston North, Manawatu, NZ

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