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Photo Essays
1. Exile’s Return
2. Chaplin’s Parents
3. Hannah Chaplin’s Femmes Fatales
4. Playing Dress-Up  In The Land of Make Believe
5. Teenage Girls and Fear of Aging
6. Chaplin’s Three Teenage Wives
7. Mildred Harris
8. Lita Grey
9. Oona O’Neill
10. Chaplin’s Father
11. A Royal Lion
12. Vesta Tilley as Bertie
13. Ella Shields as Bertie
14. Making A Living
15. The Lion Comique’s Son: Dressed Like A Bum
16. Monsieur Verdoux as a Lion Comique
17. Calvero as a Lion Comique
18. The Lion Comique’s Son in the Limelight
19. Charlie as a Child
20. The Kid’s Lucky Break
21. Syd Chaplin
22. A Family Album of Theatrical Drunks
23. Chaplin’s Family Romance
24. Edna Purviance
25. Purviance’s Influence on Chaplin’s Character
26. Essanay
27. Chaplinitis
28. Chaplin’s Predecessors
29. Eye Contact: Audience-Performer Intimacy
30. Chaplin the Auteur
31. Chaplin’s Two Autobiographies
32. Going It Alone
33. The Circus
34. Autobiographical Starvation Scenes From The Gold Rush
35. Autobiographical Madness Scenes in Modern Times
36. Two British Music Hall Traditions and Topical Comedy
37. The Great Dictator
38. Fatal Attraction: Joan Barry
39. Monsieur Verdoux: Guillotine or Hatchet Job?
40. Limelight
 
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Lost Childhoods: Charlie Chaplin & Michael Jackson
Posted on July 7th, 2009

MICHAEL JACKSON DRESSED IN CHAPLIN’S LITTLE TRAMP COSTUME

Jackson was fascinated, if not in fact obsessed, with the trajectory of Charlie Chaplin’s life story.

Like Chaplin, Jackson went into show business at a very early age.

Chaplin in his first professional role as a child performer: he was a member of clog dancing [...]

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April Fool’s Day 1921 or will the real Charlie please stand up?

Posted on March 29th, 2009

OR….WHERE’S CHARLIE?

For a photo-essay on THE CIRCUS see essay #33 on this website (see list on the left side of this web page).

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CHAPLIN’S OSCAR: THE LONGEST STANDING OVATION IN ACADEMY HISTORY

Posted on February 20th, 2009

For a wonderful film clip of 83-year-old Chaplin receiving the longest standing ovation in the history of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences go to Charlie’s Oscar

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A SCREENING & DISCUSSION OF CHAPLIN’S FILM “THE KID” AT THE AMERICAN ACADEMY OF PSYCHOANALYSIS MEETING IN SAN FRANCISCO THIS SPRING

Posted on February 16th, 2009

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THE IMMIGRANT:CHARLIE CHAPLIN’S COMIC VALENTINE TO THE AMERICAN DREAM

Posted on December 14th, 2008

Like millions of others, Charlie was an immmigrant and fully understood that experience. This classic master shot from his masterpiece captures the essence of that experience.

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CHARLIE CHAPLIN’S FILM: THE IMMIGRANT-Screening @ National Gallery of Art in DC 11/29 @ 4 P.M.

Posted on November 29th, 2008

THIS TWO-REEL MASTERPIECE WAS CHAPLIN’S COMIC VALENTINE TO THE AMERICAN DREAM. IT AFFECTIONATELY PORTRAYED THE TRIALS & TRIBULATIONS OF NEWCOMERS TO THE PROMISED LAND FILMED AT A PERIOD IN AMERICAN HISTORY WHEN FULLY ONE-THIRD OF ALL PEOPLE IN AMERICA WERE EITHER FOREIGN-BORN OR HAD AT LEAST ONE FOREIGN BORN PARENT.
FOR DOCUMENTARY FOOTAGE OF THE ACTUAL [...]

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CHARLIE CHAPLIN’S THANKSGIVING DINNER: A PARABLE FOR OUR TROUBLED FINANCIAL TIMES

Posted on November 26th, 2008

Charlie Chaplin transformed his childhood experiences with poverty and starvation into comedy. Chaplin grew up at times living beneath the poverty line. As a 14-year-old he personally witnessed the harrowing spectacle of his 38-year-old formerly glamorous and vivacious showgirl mother being driven mad by severe hunger and chronic malnutrition to the [...]

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Reader’s Review by Robert Morris (posted on Amazon.com on November 13, 2008)

Posted on November 16th, 2008

TITLE: HE WAS LARGE, HE CONTAINED MULTITUDES., 13 Nov 2008
By Robert Morris, Dallas, Texas
For most people who are interested in knowing more about the life and career of Charles Chaplin (16 April 1889 – 25 December 1977), this most recently published of several biographies and two autobiographies provides as much information and [...]

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A reader’s response to CHAPLIN A LIFE

Posted on October 19th, 2008

Both that enthusiastic Kirkus review and that enthusiastic introduction by Geraldine Chaplin are right, but they miss what turned the better part of my day into a reading binge: the exhilaration of reading your book, the energy that comes off the page. As someone who has invested most of his life in creative [...]

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