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Chaplin and American Culture : The Evolution of a Star Image - Charles J. Maland

Chaplin and American Culture

The Evolution of a Star Image

Paperback Published: 21st February 1991
ISBN: 9780691028606
Number Of Pages: 468

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Charles Maland focuses on the cultural sources of the on-and-off, love-hate affair between Chaplin and the American public that was perhaps the stormiest in American stardom.

"A fascinating, ambitious and incisive look at American culture and at the cinematic genius."--Robin Lippincott, New York Times Book Review "Maland pioneers a new approach to Chaplin... Anyone interested in Chaplin must read it. And those engaged in the task of bringing to film history a new awareness of the cultural and political context of film production and reception will find this a book to think about, argue with, and learn from."--Tom Gunning, Film Quarterly "[Here is] the story behind Charlie Chaplin's rise and fall from grace in the public eye, his attempts to redeem his stardom, his twenty-year banishment from the United States, and his qualified rapprochement... [Maland] puts us in touch with those times past but also confronts us with those still-lurking societal instincts that urge a culture's killing of its prophets."--Gerard Molyneaux, Flashback

List of Illustrations and Creditsp. xi
Prefacep. xiii
Acknowledgmentsp. xix
Abbreviationsp. xxi
To the Top
Chaplin, the Early Films, and the Rise to Stardomp. 3
The Rough-Edged Diamond: Charlie at Keystone
"Chaplinitis": Charlie at Essanay
The Genteel Tradition and the "Vulgar" Charlie
Romance and Pathos: The "Refining" of Charlie
The Perils of Popularityp. 25
Chaplin's Star Image in the Mutual Period
The Further "Refining" of Charlie
Chaplin the "Slacker"?
The First Marriage and Divorce
Troubles at First National
At the Top: Charlie and the 1920s
From The Kid to The Gold Rushp. 55
Finishing Up at First National
Interviews and Writings in the Early 1920s
Branching Out: A Woman of Paris
Creating an Epic: The Gold Rush
Cultivating the Intelligentsia
Struggling through the Twentiesp. 94
Chaplin and Lita Grey
Mixed Reviews: The Press and the Second Divorce
The Burdens of Being Funny: The Circus
Charlie and the Threat of the Talkies
Farewell to the Twenties: City Lights
The Challenge of Progressive Politics
The Depression, the World Tour, and Modern Timesp. 127
A Comedian Sees--and Comments on--the World
Critics, Artists, and Depression America
Chaplin's Public Politics before 1936
Modern Times: Production, Publicity, and Promotion
Modern Times: Political Ambiguity and Critical Response
The Popular Front, The Great Dictator, and the Second Front, 1936-1942p. 159
The Popular Front and American Antifascism
The Great Dictator: Preparation, Production, and Promotion
The Great Dictator and the Aesthetic Contract
Critical, National, and International Reaction to The Great Dictator
Chaplin and the Second Front
Unraveling
Joan Barry, the Press, and the Tarnished Imagep. 197
The Affair
Chaplin, Barry, and the Courts
Chaplin, Barry, and the Gossip Columnists
The Press and the Barry-Chaplin Story
Monsieur Verdoux and the Cold War: Irreconcilable Differencesp. 221
The Hollywood Emigres
The Cooling of Progressivism in Early Postwar America
Lashing Out: Monsieur Verdoux
Monsieur Verdoux: Initial Promotion and Reception
The Campaign That Failed
Chaplin's Politics and American Culture, 1943-1952p. 253
Chaplin the Progressive Activist, 1943-1949
Chaplin and the U.S. Congress
Chaplin and the FBI: The Internal Security File
Backing Away from Politics, 1950-1952
Limelight and Banishment: The Futility of Reconciliationp. 279
Chaplin, the U.S. Government, and Banishment, 1952-1953
Limelight: Autobiography and the Aesthetic Contract
Critical Response to Limelight
The Press and Banishment
The Limelight Boycott and Chaplin's Star Image
The Exile and America
The Exiled Monarch and the Guarded Restoration, 1953-1977p. 317
Running Battles: Chaplin, American Culture, and the Later 1950s
Shifting Winds: The 1960s
A Guarded Restoration: The 1972 Return Tour
Rereleases and Chaplin's Star Image in the 1970s
Epiloguep. 361
Notesp. 375
Select Bibliographyp. 419
Indexp. 427
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ISBN: 9780691028606
ISBN-10: 0691028605
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 468
Published: 21st February 1991
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.96 x 15.34  x 2.95
Weight (kg): 0.69