Charlie Chaplin: A Brief Life by Peter Ackroyd
PN 2287 .C5 A48 2014
“He was the very first icon of the silver screen and remains one of the most recognizable of Hollywood faces, even a hundred years after his first film. But who was the man behind the mustache? What drove the artist who not only directed the films but held the camera and acted in front of it?
Peter Ackgroyd turns the spotlight on Chaplin’s often controversial life as well as on his classic films, from his humble theatrical beginnings in music halls to his winning an honorary Academy Award. Everything is here: the glamour of his golden age, the murky scandals of the 1940s, and his eventual exile in Switzerland. This masterly 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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