Charlie Chaplin, Director (Paperback)
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Charlie Chaplin, Director (Paperback)

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Paperback 304 Pages / Published: 30/03/2014
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Charlie Chaplin was one of the cinema's consummate comic performers, yet he has long been criticised as a lacklustre film director. In this groundbreaking work-the first to analyse Chaplin's directorial style-Donna Kornhaber radically recasts his status as a filmmaker. Spanning Chaplin's career, Kornhaber discovers a sophisticated ""Chaplinesque"" visual style that draws from early cinema and slapstick and stands markedly apart from later, ""classical"" stylistic conventions. His is a manner of filmmaking that values space over time and simultaneity over sequence, crafting narrative and meaning through careful arrangement within the frame rather than cuts between frames. Opening up aesthetic possibilities beyond the typical boundaries of the classical Hollywood film, Chaplin's filmmaking would profoundly influence directors from Fellini to Truffaut. To view Chaplin seriously as a director is to re-understand him as an artist and to reconsider the nature and breadth of his legacy.

Publisher: Northwestern University Press
ISBN: 9780810129528
Number of pages: 304
Weight: 599 g
Dimensions: 229 x 155 x 23 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
"Fascinating" --Andrew O'Hehir, New York Times Book Review
"The analysis of the films is first rate . . . Summing Up: Recommended." --CHOICE

"Ms. Kornhaber does Chaplin a service by laying out a case for his filmmaking art." --Farran Smith Nehme, Wall Street Journal


"Donna Kornhaber has altered my perception of Charlie Chaplin as a director. I was among those who loved Chaplin the performer, enjoyed the evident craftsmanship of his films, yet thought of him as a less inventive director than his great colleague Buster Keaton. No more. Kornhaber makes clear how Chaplin's carefully crafted style is distinct from Hollywood's classical form. Because she helps the reader understand and truly see Chaplin's unique filmmaking artistry, Kornhaber gives new meaning to the word 'Chaplinesque.'"--Jeffrey Couchman, author of The Night of the Hunter: A Biography of a Film

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