The Chaplin encyclopedia.

By: Mitchell, Glenn.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: London : Batsford, c1997Description: 288p, ill, facsims, ports, 25cm.ISBN: 0713479388.Subject(s): Film, Television and Radio | Biography | Great Britain | Motion picture actors and actresses | Charles ChaplinDDC classification: 791.43028CHA
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During Charlie Chaplin's 50-year film career he made over 90 movies. This book is a comprehensive A-Z detailing Chaplin's entire movie career, including lesser-known foreign-distributed versions of Chaplin's films.

Bibliography: p287-288.

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The first impression Mitchell's welcome encyclopedia makes is visual fatigue. In trying to cram as much information as possible into a single volume, the publishers sacrifice readability, forcing one's eyes to strain to read the tiny print. Mitchell, author of other comprehensive works on film comics (e.g., Laurel and Hardy, the Marx brothers) offers a resource that contains all manner of data, anecdotes, and goodies regarding Chaplin. He includes a wide range of material, from "Abandoned Projects" and "Alcohol" to "Adolph Zukor." Although there are entries on politics and risque humor, the encyclopedia emphasizes descriptive and aesthetic rather than critical entries. Its synopses of Chaplin's films are informative if unimaginative, but it connects the Chaplin legend to bits from the margin, such as in fellow Essanay actor Broncho Billy Anderson, and has an extended section on the Karno Company and a truly insightful entry, "Religion." Cross-referenced and merrily illustrated, Mitchell's work will prove to be a helpful if eyestraining companion for everyone interested in the Little Tramp and his enormous contribution to film comedy. All levels. T. Lindvall; Regent University