Early Charlie Chaplin: The Artist as Apprentice at Keystone Studios

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Scarecrow Press, 2012 - 237 páginas
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Charlie Chaplin produced some of the greatest films of all time, including The Gold Rush, The Circus, City Lights, Modern Times, and The Great Dictator. Before making a name for himself as an undisputed master of cinema, however, Chaplin first developed his acting, writing, and directing skills at Keystone Studios. Mack Sennett, who attended one of Chaplin's music hall shows, thought the entertainer would be a good fit at his newly established studio, where they specialized in the roughhouse slapstick Chaplin performed on stage. Intrigued with the idea of preserving comedy on film, Chaplin began work for Sennett in 1913. While some of the first efforts were crudely filmed, they allowed Chaplin to understand the rudiments of performing for the camera. As he became more interested in directing his own films, Chaplin learned techniques that set his work apart from other comedies. The films Chaplin made at Keystone were the catalyst for a significant motion picture career, and a character that he would create and develop at the studio would become among the most iconic images in the history of entertainment. In Early Charlie Chaplin: The Artist as Apprentice at Keystone Studios, James Neibaur examines each of these films, assessing the important early work of a comedian who became a timeless icon. From his debut as a fast talking con man in Making a Living to his role in the six-reel Marie Dressler vehicle, Tillie's Punctured Romance, Chaplin displays many of the characteristics that would endear him to audiences around the world. The majority of these films have been made available on DVD, allowing the reader to appreciate the background behind these works. Early Charlie Chaplin is a must, not only for fans of silent cinema and Chaplin, but for anyone who appreciates film history.
 

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Ch01 Charlie Chaplins Early Years
1
Ch02 Mack Sennett and the Keystone Studios
4
Ch03 Chaplins Keystone Films
10
Ch04 Making a Living
12
Ch05 Kid Auto Races at Venice Cal
18
Ch06 Mabels Strange Predicament
21
Ch07 A Thief Catcher
25
Ch08 Between Showers
28
Ch24 Laughing Gas
105
Ch25 The Property Man
112
Ch26 The Face on the Bar Room Floor
119
Ch27 Recreation
124
Ch28 The Masquerader
126
Ch29 His New Profession
132
Ch30 The Rounders
138
Ch31 The New Janitor
144

Ch09 A Film Johnnie
33
Ch10 Tango Tangles
37
Ch11 His Favorite Pastime
41
Ch12 Cruel Cruel Love
45
Ch13 The Star Boarder
51
Ch14 Mabel at the Wheel
55
Ch15 Twenty Minutes of Love
62
Ch16 Caught in a Cabaret
67
Ch17 Caught in the Rain
75
Ch18 A Busy Day
81
Ch19 The Fatal Mallet
85
Ch20 Her Friend the Bandit
88
Ch21 The Knockout
90
Ch22 Mabels Busy Day
94
Ch23 Mabels Married Life
99
Ch32 Those Love Pangs
151
Ch33 Dough and Dynamite
155
Ch34 Gentlemen of Nerve
165
Ch35 His Musical Career
174
Ch36 His Trysting Places
181
Ch37 Getting Acquainted
188
Ch38 His Prehistoric Past
193
Ch39 Tillies Punctured Romance
198
Ch40 Chaplin after Keystone
209
Supporting Players in Chaplin Keystone Comedies
217
Chaplins PostKeystone Films
225
Bibliography
229
Index
233
About the Author
237
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James L. Neibaur is a film historian and educator who has written several books on film, including Arbuckle and Keaton: Their 14 Film Collaborations (2005), Chaplin at Essanay: A Film Artist in Transition, 1915-1916 (2008), and The Fall of Buster Keaton (Scarecrow, 2010).

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