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Chaplin in the Sound Era

An Analysis of the Seven Talkies

Eric L. Flom (author)

ISBN: 9780786440528

Publication Date: Dec 2008

Format: Paperback

Charles Chaplin is commonly remembered as a silent film comedian. This title covers each of Chaplin's seven sound films - "City Lights" (1931), "Modern Times" (1936), "The Great Dictator" (1940), "Monsieur Verdoux" (1947), "Limelight" (1952), "A King in New York" (1957), and "A Countess from Hong Kong" (1967).
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Though Charles Chaplin is commonly remembered as a silent film comedian, it is not widely recalled that he continued to make movies long after the introduction of sound. His sound films have often been overlooked by historians, despite the fact that in these films the essential character of Chaplin more overtly asserted itself in his screen images that in his earlier silent work.Each of Chaplin's seven sound films - "City Lights" (1931), "Modern Times" (1936), "The Great Dictator" (1940), "Monsieur Verdoux" (1947), "Limelight" (1952), "A King in New York" (1957), and "A Countess from Hong Kong" (1967) - is covered in a chapter-length essay here. The comedian's inspiration for the film is given, along with a narrative that describes the film and offers details on behind-the-scenes activities. There is also a full discussion of the movie's themes and contemporary critical reaction to it.
Illustrations 21 photographs
Pages 336
Date Published 30 Dec 2008
Publisher McFarland
Subject/s Film: styles & genres   Film theory & criticism  
Historian Eric L. Flom is a contributing editor to HistoryLink, an online encyclopedia of Washington state history, and has written film and theatre pieces for The Seattle Times, The Enterprise and Silent Era. He lives in Mill Creek, Washington.

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