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Charlie Chaplin was one of the cinema’s consummate comic performers, yet he has long been criticized as a lackluster film director. In this groundbreaking work—the first to analyze Chaplin’s directorial style—Donna Kornhaber radically recasts his status as a filmmaker. Spanning Chaplin’s career, Kornhaber discovers a sophisticated "Chaplinesque" visual style that draws from early cinema and slapstick and stands markedly apart from later, "classical" stylistic conventions. His is a manner of filmmaking that values space over time and simultaneity over sequence, crafting narrative and meaning through careful arrangement within the frame rather than cuts between frames. Opening up aesthetic possibilities beyond the typical boundaries of the classical Hollywood film, Chaplin’s filmmaking would profoundly influence directors from Fellini to Truffaut. To view Chaplin seriously as a director is to re-understand him as an artist and to reconsider the nature and breadth of his legacy.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright, Dedication, Quote
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. p. xi
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. -4
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  1. Part I - Chaplin in Context
  2. pp. 5-6
  1. 1. Chaplin at Keystone, Griffith at Biograph
  2. pp. 7-36
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  1. 2. The Slapstick Exemption
  2. pp. 37-62
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  1. 3. Harold Lloyd, Buster Keaton, and the Classical Style
  2. pp. 63-94
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  1. Part II - The Silent Era
  2. pp. 95-96
  1. 4. Chaplin’s Filmmaking Technique
  2. pp. 97-126
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  1. 5. Chaplin’s Filmmaking Philosophy
  2. pp. 127-162
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  1. 6. A Masterpiece of Mediation: City Lights
  2. pp. 163-188
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  1. Part III - The Sound Era
  2. pp. 207-208
  1. 7. Dangerous Voices: Modern Times and The Great Dictator
  2. pp. 209-234
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  1. 8. Substituting Speech for Style: Monsieur Verdoux, Limelight, and A King in New York
  2. pp. 235-268
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  1. 9. Return to Form: A Countess from Hong Kong
  2. pp. 269-288
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  1. Epilogue: The Chaplin Century
  2. pp. 289-296
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 297-324
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 325-334
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 335-341
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  1. Images
  2. pp. 342-360
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780810167513
Print ISBN
9780810129528
MARC Record
OCLC
879352110
Pages
373
Launched on MUSE
2014-05-07
Language
English
Open Access
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