This beautifully printed book engages family audiences with the artistry and innovation of the early years of silent film and the tour-de-force talent of Charlie Chaplin (1899-1977). With his characteristic waddle, bowler hat, cane, and moustache, Chaplin created the massively appealing and irreverent character of the “Little Tramp“, and became one of the most enduring iconic figures of twentieth century cinema and popular culture.
Through numerous photographs the publication traces Chaplin's evolution as gifted comedian, socio-political provocateur, innovative director, and independent filmmaker. It shows Chaplin's extraordinary talent for physical gags and his trademark body mannerisms that made him an indelible entertainer. In later works Chaplin advanced social criticisms through films such as Modern Times (1936), and The Great Dictator (1940).
As a muse of avant-garde artists of the 1920s and 1930s, Chaplin inspired the creation of many original artworks by figures such as Fernand Léger, Erwin Blumenfeld, and Raul Ausleger.