Monday, March 20, 2017

I need your help

I would love some ideas from you about what you'd like to see on Discovering Chaplin going forward. Is there an event, person, film, time period, or any other aspect of Chaplin's life you are interested in knowing more about? Please let me know. Either leave your suggestions in the comments below or email me here. I hope to hear from you!


Jess


20 comments:

  1. Hello! I'm new to your blog (and new to Chaplin), so I'm very excited to explore it and I've been reading a bit of this and that for a couple of months. Of course, there's quite a lot of stuff I haven't read yet. However, I would really love to learn more about Wheeler Dryden and the story of how he reunited with his brothers and how they got along.
    Also, if there are any stories about Chaplin and Disney, I would love to hear it as well!
    I love your Working with Chaplin series and themed posts like those about food and hair, so it'd be nice to see something like that, too.
    Hope that'd be of some help!

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    1. Hi, Alice, and welcome! Thanks so much for your great ideas. I will definitely make note of them.

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  2. Thanks for soliciting input, there are some aspects on which I'd love to know more!

    On a side note, I'm convinced the image you posted of Chaplin in front of sound stage three under construction is a publicity composite. It shows him in his City Lights tramp outfit, while the stage construction in the background (on top of the studio swimming pool location) didn't occur until the Modern Times era or slightly later. If you look at the uncropped image in My Life In Pictures, Chaplin's body size is out of proportion with one of the workmen in the background. (Apologies if this has been independently pointed out).

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    1. You might be right. I chose that image because in MY AUTOBIOGRAPHY, Chaplin added the caption "Building a set with not an idea in my head" so I thought it would be fitting to add to my post asking for ideas.

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  3. I would love to learn more of the personal lives of Mildred Harris, Edna Purviance, Paulette Goddard, Georgia Hale and May Reeves and anything leading up to their meeting to Chaplin. I have read a bit But I come up short with information because Chaplin seems to take over ( I have read Intimate Close-Ups but was hopping more about Georgia has come to light since then) my apologies if this comes across overwhelming.

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  4. Something I have been interested in a while but know very little is the kind of pets Charlie had. I really enjoy reading stories about Charlie with animals too, like that one story he mentions in his autobiography about the skunk & the other about the rabbit in his vaudeville days another interested of mine is Chaplin's times spent at San Simeon an his relationship with Marion Davies. Hopefully these suggestions help

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  5. I've been checking your blog weekly, waiting for you to post something again and today was delightfully surprised! Hello! As for theme ideas. I am particularly intrigued with his relationships with other famous people. The relationships with people like Doug F. and Marion Davies are some of my obsessions as it makes him seem like someone I would've hung out with. But I've also always been pleased when you've posted images of him with actresses/socialites and political figures that I HAVENT heard of. It often starts me on a wikipedia search, then usually to the bookstore for biographies/historical literature. I have learned about so many people from his life/times, by a single post on your blog. I don't know what you would do with that idea, but there it is. :)

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  6. Thanks so much for the ideas (both here and in emails). They really are very helpful!

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  7. Hi Jessica,

    So nice to see you back again! (hopefully with batteries recharged, Believe me I understand how draining and consuming it can get.)

    You seem to be able to uncover some pretty obscure connections. I'd love to learn more about Rollie's cohorts and fellow crew members, the ones who worked their craft in the background making significant contributions none-the-less. Whatever you're able to uncover will be gratefully absorbed by this increasingly sievelike mind of mine.

    I know I'm asking a lot, but might there be some way to categorize the names that appear in your "labels" list? Something like Famous People, Politicians, Actors and Actresses, Cast Members, Crew, Family & Relatives.

    With appreciation, understanding, and in anticipation of accepting whatever you find that tickles your fancy enough to share.

    David T

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    1. Thanks, David. I know we chatted via email but I wanted to thank you publicly for your suggestions and kind words as well.

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  8. What is up with the nude statues, so many of his films featured them, culminating with "City Lights" though his antics with the small statue in "Work" was hilarious.Always curious about that. - Anne

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    1. Thanks, Anne. You *would* want to know more about Charlie and the nude statues. ;) He also had a thing for unclothed mannequins as well.

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  9. I would like to see info on Charlie's family members ones you don't hear about as much like Betty Chaplin, Kind of like what the person above me said but with family members.

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  10. Hello Jessica,
    I would like to know /find out more about the work in the Chaplin Studios, especially the set-work of Danny Hall: how the sets are made, on which place of the studio for example the modern times factory set was built or the harbour front set of city lights. Are there exist further fotos of set-Building, production sketches a.s.o. Sorry for my bad english, Greeting Philipp

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    1. Great idea, Philipp, Thank you! Your English is just fine.

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  11. I want to thank everyone again for the very helpful suggestions (keep them coming!) I can't say for sure when I'll be back to blogging since I'm still recovering from surgery, but hopefully it will be soon. Sincere thanks for your support.

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  12. I thought of some more possible topics:
    1. It would be interesting to know about other silent movie stars in their connections with Charlie, like Mabel Normand, Mack Swain, Mack Sennet etc., as well as Harry Lloyd and Buster Keaton.
    2. Chaplin as a musician and composer - that, I think, is a big topic in itself!

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    1. Great ideas! Thanks, Alice!

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    2. My pleasure :) And I hope you'll get well soon!

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