Charlie Chaplin, in the Lens of History Greats including Winston Churchill and Graham Greene weigh in on the legendary comic actor Charlie Chaplin in a new essay collection. Editor Richard Shickel talks about The Essential Chaplin.

Charlie Chaplin, in the Lens of History

Charlie Chaplin, in the Lens of History

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Richard Schickel talks about the collection of essays he has edited, The Essential Chaplin. Greats such as Winston Churchill, Graham Greene, James Agee and Alistair Cooke weigh in on the legendary film actor and director.

Schickel argues that Chaplin was the first American celebrity. He also notes that commentary on Chaplin in film's dawning era "was a necessary step on the movies' road to respectability, to its recognition as a legitimate art form with its own grammar and narrative tropes."

The Essential Chaplin
Perspectives on the Life And Art of the Great Comedian
By Richard Schickel

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