- Taschenbuch: 512 Seiten
- Verlag: Penguin Classics; Auflage: New Ed (24. April 2003)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 0141011475
- ISBN-13: 978-0141011479
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 13 x 2,5 x 19,8 cm
- Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 2 Kundenrezensionen
- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 70.595 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
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“The best autobiography ever written by an actor. An astonishing work.” —Chicago Tribune
“A moving picture of the hero himself. A truly fascinating book.”
—The New York Times Book Review
“The most original, virile book about the theater in a long, long time.”
“It holds the reader entranced. Every page can be read with pleasure.” —The Times (London)
“The crucial artist of the twentieth century.” —The New Yorker
“Among the greatest geniuses of film.” —Roger Ebert
“Few men in this century in any field attained his stature with the public.” —The New York Times
“Chaplin was not just ‘big,’ he was gigantic. In 1915, he burst onto a war-torn world bringing it the gift of comedy, laughter and relief while it was tearing itself apart through World War I. Over the next 25 years, through the Great Depression and the rise of Adolf Hitler, he stayed on the job. . . It is doubtful any individual has ever given more entertainment, pleasure and relief to so many human beings when they needed it the most.” —Martin Sieff
“For me, comedy begins with Charlie Chaplin. I know there were screen comedies before he came along . . . But none of them created a persona as unique or indelible as the Little Tramp, and no one could match his worldwide impact.” —Leonard Maltin
“For a star who made his fortune in the silent movies, Charlie Chaplin has a surprising way with words. His My Autobiography, published in 1964 and recently reissued, moves along at a quick clip, lit up throughout its many pages by bright anecdotes, easy humor, and a confident way with a good yarn.” —Biographile -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine vergriffene oder nicht verfügbare Ausgabe dieses Titels.
Born into a theatrical family, Chaplin's father died of drink while his mother, unable to bear the poverty, suffered from bouts of insanity, Chaplin embarked on a film-making career which won him immeasurable success, as well as intense controversy. His extraordinary autobiography was first published in 1964 and was written almost entirely without reference to documentation - simply as an astonishing feat of memory by a 75 year old man. It is an incomparably vivid reconstruction of a poor London childhood, the music hall and then his prodigious life in the movies.Alle Produktbeschreibungen
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At the end of my holidays, I have come across this wonderful book and I must say I literally eat it page by page.
I knew some (not all) of his films, I knew Chaplin often directed and composed his own music.
At the beginning, it‘s like Dickens. There is an irresistible flow in it which draws you into this movie industry and makes you want to produce a movie of your own.
Chaplin ate words, sprinkled his stories with words of Latin or French origin, though the coherence of his stories and his memory never ever gets lost. Meanwhile, Dickensian London and tragedy (his family could have been written by Dickens) as well as the First and Second World War and the Hoover administration fly by and you always want this little tramp to go further.
Thankfully enough, he was quite a womanizer but does not elaborate on that.
A thouroughly enjoyable read from a "Modern Times" genius.
Ein Allround-Talent, der nicht nur als Schauspieler, sondern auch als Drehbuchautor, Regisseur, Produzent, Komponist und Studiobesitzer arbeitete. Er mag persönlich ein schwieriger Mensch gewesen sein, aber sein Ausnahme-Talent ist in die Geschichte eingegangen.
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How remarkable it is that he and his brother overcame their Dickensian childhood. He brings you into the story so well that it's a great relief to see him emerge into a life of material well-being and recognition as a great artist, bringing joy and laughter to millions all over the world. I'm moved to see his films all over again.
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