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Book : "A Comedian sees the world"

Re-issue of Charlie Chaplin’s “A Comedian Sees the World” with annotations and hyper-textual enhancements by Lisa Stein

Published by Le Mani in italian version then in english version

A Legion d’honneur medal, “hate” mail from King George, a photo of a tanned and smiling Chaplin posing with Mahatma Ghandi and entourage, a pith helmet, an idea for a new “topless” male swimsuit, and evidence of a foiled assassination plot. These assorted souvenirs only begin to tell the story of Charlie Chaplin’s second world tour, conducted in 1931-2 a tour from which he returned a changed man, changed by the people he met, the places he visited and the ramifications of the Great Depression he witnessed.

“A Comedian Sees the World” was Chaplin’s memoir of this tour, originally published in five installments in a popular American periodical known as The Woman’s Home Companion from September 1933 to January 1934. It was never available to Chaplin’s large world audience outside of the United States at that time. Progetto Chaplin’s new edition, the first in book form, allows the memoir to acquire its first new audience since its initial publication. This being the 75th anniversary of Chaplin’s second tour, there can be no better time to open the pages of his memoir and let him act as a guide through 1930s Europe and Asia as he saw and experienced it.

The archival evidence strongly suggests that “A Comedian Sees the World” is the first piece of writing Chaplin engaged in on his own. In its pages, the reader will see Chaplin’s political consciousness awakening, a consciousness that will go on to influence his films for the remainder of his career. The memoir also makes a writer out of Chaplin, for with its completion he began an accomplished writing life to include essays, poems, short stories and criticism as well as film scripts. The editor of this new edition, Dr. Lisa Stein, has worked to uncover a wide-ranging collection of visual and verbal artifacts from the Chaplin archives and other venues to contextualize the memoir for today’s readers. The memoir is enhanced by annotations that include original draft material excised from the final version, contemporary news article information and/or alternative versions of events recounted by other memoirists. More than 75 photos and illustrations adorn this edition, including the original full-color illustrations from the Woman’s Home Companion series, a never-before-seen collection of photos/artifacts compiled by a 1931 admirer, and scans of the original manuscript and typescript. Dr. Stein’s introduction provides a narrative of historical, cultural and biographical context for the work, as well as a description of the archival documents and an analysis of the tour’s specific influences on Chaplin’s later film work.

This new edition of Chaplin’s travel memoir hopes to usher in an era of new scholarship that looks beyond the great film work to his many other areas of creative endeavor, but especially to his writing. The draft evidence for this memoir clearly shows Chaplin’s evolution as a writer that he engaged in the same sort of drafting and redrafting of manuscript pages as he would shoot and reshoot film scenes. Chaplin the writer, in all of his manifestations, has yet to be considered adequately.

Blurb by Lisa Stein

Please have a look at: * “Charlie Chaplin Archive”: * “Le Manie”: * “Cineteca di Bologna”:

New book: "Silent traces" by J. Bengtson

Discovering early Hollywood through the films of Charlie Chaplin

Uncovering tidbits of the history of Los Angeles and the early film industry that are hidden within Charlie Chaplin’s timeless films, this stunning work of cinematic archeology combines Chaplin’s movie images with archival photographs, vintage maps, contemporary photographs, and scores of then-and-now comparison photographs to conjure up the silent-movie era from an entirely new perspective. Through his research of the locations used in such classic Chaplin films as “The Kid”:/en/articles/3 “City Lights”:/en/articles/4 and “Modern Times”:/en/articles/6 as well as Chaplin’s lesser known but equally brilliant short films and early work, the author illuminates both Chaplin’s genius and the evolving city that served as the backdrop of his art. Part time machine, part detective story, this title presents a truly unique look at Chaplin’s work, and a captivating glimpse into Hollywood’s most romantic era.

{{Publisher: Santa Monica Press (August 1, 2006)}}

Festival Cinema Ritrovato in Bologna, Italy in July 2006

The annual Festival Ritrovato in Bologna, Italy will take place from July 1st through 8th 2006.

On Thursday 6th and Friday 7th July

Screening of 9 brand new Keystone restorations carried out by Cineteca di Bologna and the BFI/NFTVA: CAUGHT IN A CABARET , THE FACE ON THE BAR ROOM FLOOR , BUSY DAY , THE FATAL MALLET , THE STAR BOARDER, BEWTEEN SHOWERS, HIS PREHISTORIC PAST, THE KNOCK OUT and DOUGH AND DYNAMITE restored with the Library of Congress.

  • On the closing day, Saturday 8th in the afternoon, Lisa Stein will present her book on “A Comedian Sees the World” (which The Cineteca of Bologna is very proud to publish) widely researched on the archive and beautifully illustrated with photos, postcards and magazines from the author’s own collection and Association Chaplin’s materials)

  • On that same afternoon the “Dossier Chaplin” will be focused on “A King in New York”:/en/articles/9 The film, newly restored, will be shown in {Piazza Maggiore} that same night at 22.00 (and according to the Most Prestigious Old Farmer’s Almanac: full moon that night!)

The complete program of the festival will be available soon on our website:

“Cineteca di Bologna”:

For all information about registration/accomodation please contact: Cinetecaanifestazioni1

A new DVD: Unknown Chaplin The Master at work

A documentary from silent film historians Kevin Brownlow and David Gill. Featuring never before seen out-takes from Chaplin’s films, and other rare footage, Unknown Chaplin gives a valuable insight into the creation of Chaplin’s films. Also included are interviews with people who knew and worked with Chaplin. The documentary is in three parts: My Happiest Years; Hidden Treasures; and The Great Director. Accompanied by excellent music by Carl Davis, some adapted from Chaplin’s own music.

Distributed by Network in UK and it has also been released in the US

BBC4 programme: Paul Merton's silent clowns, June 2006

Thursday 25 May - Thursday 15 June 2006

Paul Merton shares his passion for silent film in this four-part series on the work of the great comic performers of the era: Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton, Laurel & Hardy, Harrold Lloyd.

Please see:”BBC4”:

Lovely tins & metal cards

Lovely tin signs and tin boxes Charlie Chaplin now distributed by “Cartexpo”: