Wednesday, October 17, 2012

London, 1921


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  1. That's a strange one. Looks like he's wearing makeup.

    Phil

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    1. I wonder if the photo was touched up? At first I thought it was Valentino the way his hair is plastered down with shellac!

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    2. Press photos were often "enhanced" before they were published in magazines and newspapers, so that's probably the case here.

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  2. I'm just reading "My Wonderful Visit", so it's nice to see this photo. The book is charming and quixotic, like Chaplin. I don't believe it is ghostwritten (like "Charlie Chaplin, My Story). Does anyone know if Chaplin had "help" writing this?

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    1. Actually, "My Wonderful Visit" (aka "My Trip Abroad") was ghostwritten by Monta Bell. The story goes that when Chaplin returned to New York from England, he recounted his trip to Bell on the train to Los Angeles.

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    2. Thanks, Jessica. I had a feeling... Still, the writing in the book is reminiscent of "My Autobiography", so there's seems to be more of Chaplin in this book than the 1916 "memoir". Oh, well!

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    3. I thought Bell did a wonderful job of capturing Charlie's personality. Chaplin did write his second travel memoir, " A Comedian Sees The World". This is probably my favorite of all of his writings. Unfortunately, it is not available in book form. It was originally published in 5 installments in A WOMAN'S HOME COMPANION in 1933-34. For years, you could only read it if you were able to track down all 5 issues of the magazine (which I did at great length). However, last year the memoir was posted on the website Scribd. You won't have all of the wonderful illustrations to go along with it, but it's nice that it is now available to a wider audience: http://www.scribd.com/doc/49620545/A-Comedian-Sees-the-World

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    4. Just to clarify, "A Comedian Sees The World" was published a few years ago in book form in Italian (with introduction and notes by Chaplin scholar Lisa Stein Haven) but this version is currently out-of-print and very hard to find.

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    5. Since you can't right click on the link to the article.
      click here

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  3. Gosh, I've had a text file of it for a decade.

    Phil

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    1. I wish I had known you when I was searching high and low for the magazines! I do like having the actual articles though.

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