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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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Modern Times was Chaplin’s hilarious comic indictment of the dehumanizing and depersonalizing mass-production assembly line practices which he portrayed as driving his little tramp crazy. The artistically brilliant madness sequence in this film also was a disguised reprise of his own mother’s tragic experience of becoming floridly psychotic while engaging in physically and emotionally draining sweat shop piece-work.

Although the fundamental medical cause of his mother’s mental illness was not work exhaustion, starvation or chronic malnutrition—all three of these factors were no doubt contributory to her emotional breakdown. For reasons which are thoroughly understandable, Charlie Chaplin remained tight-lipped about the actual cause of his mother’s chronic psychosis (which continued many years after she no longer had to struggle to earn a living or find food).

According to his close personal friend and confidante (Jerry Epstein), Charlie Chaplin was well aware of his mother’s mysterious medical condition (See Chaplin A Life, Chapter II for details).

 
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