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Christopher

MARIETTA, GA, United States

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  • Chaplin: A Life

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Stephen Weissman
    • Narrated By Steve West
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    Born in London, in 1889, Charlie Chaplin grew up in dire poverty. Both his parents were in show business, but severe alcoholism cut short his father's flourishing career, and his beloved mother first lost her voice, then lost her mind to syphilis. Charlie, at age seven, was committed to the Hanwell School for Orphans and Destitute Children. How then did this poor, lonely child become such an extraordinary comedian, known and celebrated worldwide? Chaplin cut his teeth in British music halls, but it was America that made him.

    Christopher says: "Chaplin: 1/3 of a Life"
    "Chaplin: 1/3 of a Life"
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    I found the story of Chaplin's early life and how it influenced his great films to be very interesting. The book covers his rise through the Mack Sennett Studios and going independent. The author then spends five minutes to wrap up the next 50 years of Chaplin's life in a brief essay, skipping his family life altogether. He then goes into a debate over the authenticity of an unpublished Chaplin book. Very disappointing. Apparently his book draws on research in David Robinson's Chaplin book, which I will track down.

    This should be titled The Early Years, or The Rise of Charlie Chaplin. It's not a biography of his entire life.


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