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He was the very first icon of the silver screen and is one of the most recognizable of Hollywood faces, even 100 years after his first film. But what of the man behind the moustache? Peter Ackroyd's biography turns the spotlight on Chaplin's life as well as his work, from his humble theatrical beginnings in music halls to winning an honorary Academy Award. Everything is here, from the glamor of his golden age to the murky scandals of the 1940s and eventual exile to Switzerland. There are charming anecdotes along the way: playing the violin in a New York hotel room to mask the sound of Stan Laurel frying pork chops and long Hollywood lunches with Mary Pickford and Douglas Fairbanks, Jr. This masterful, brief biography offers fresh revelations about one of the most familiar faces of the last century and brings the Little Tramp vividly to life.
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By wally on 08-04-16
This Long Time Chaplin Fan Wanted More
Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?
No. While the title says a brief life, Chaplin's life was anything but brief & his contribution to cinematic art is overwhelming.
Who was your favorite character and why?
Charlie & Sid - because they made cinema history together. I also like that the problems with Charlie's two eldest sons weren't glossed over.
What do you think the narrator could have done better?
He didn't sound like he "LOVED" the topic of Chaplin.
Did Charlie Chaplin inspire you to do anything?
Yes. Over the last 16 years I've taken my son to every local showing of Chaplin's films. And you know what? Now he asks me. We love Chaplin!!!
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