Richard Carr's Charlie Chaplin places politics at the centre of the filmmaker's life as it looks beyond Chaplin's role as a comedic figure to his constant political engagement both on and off the screen.
Drawing from a wealth of archival sources from across the globe, Carr provides an in-depth examination of Chaplin's life as he made his way from Lambeth to Los Angeles. From his experiences in the workhouse to his controversial romantic relationships and his connections with some of the leading political figures of his day, this book sheds new light on Chaplin's private life and introduces him as a key social commentator of the time.
Whether interested in Hollywood and Hitler or communism and celebrity, Charlie Chaplin is essential reading for all students of twentieth-century history.
Richard Carr is a Senior Lecturer in History and Politics at Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge, UK. His previous publications include Veteran MPs and Conservative Politics in the Aftermath of the Great War: The Memory of All That (2013). He has also co-authored the books Alice in Westminster: The Political Life of Alice Bacon (2016) and The Global 1920s (2016).
Table of Contents List of figures List of tables Acknowledgements Chronology Introduction: a very political life 1. Chaplin's England 2. To Shoulder Arms? Charlie and the First World War 3. Moscow or Manchester? Chaplin's views on capitalism before the depression took hold 4. Sex, Morality and a Tramp in 1920s America 5. Between Churchill and Gandhi: A Comedian Sees the World 6. Modern Times and the Great Depression 7. The Tramp and the Dictators 8. Comrades and Controversy 9. A Citizen of the World Conclusion Select Bibliography Archival Collections Correspondence Published Sources Other Cited Published Works Doctoral Theses