Within a year of arriving in Hollywood in 1914, British-born Charlie Chaplin had
become the slapstick king of America. By the end of his second year on the silver
screen, Chaplin's fame had spread worldwide. He was the first international film
star and rapidly one of the richest men in the world, with a million dollar contract,
his own studio and his stock company of close collaborators. From Alaska to Zimbabwe,
the bowler hat, cane, baggy trousers and outsized shoes of the Tramp became, and
remains, an instantly recognizable silhouette.
With unrestricted access to the Chaplin archives, TASCHEN presents the ultimate book
on the making of every one of his films. With 900 images, including stills, memos,
storyboards and on-set photos, as well as interviews with Chaplin and his closest
collaborators, it reveals the process behind the Chaplin genius, from the impromptu
invention of early shots to the meticulous retakes and reworking of scenes and gags
in his classic movies: The Kid (1921), The Gold Rush (1925), The Circus (1928), City
Lights (1931), Modern Times (1936), and the provocative Hitler parody The Great Dictator
The book includes:
The entire Chaplin life history in words and pictures
900 images including many previously unseen stills, on-set photos, memos, documents,
storyboards, posters, and designs, plus scripts and images for unmade films
An oral history, told from the point of view of Chaplin himself, drawing upon his
extensive writings, many of which have never been reprinted before.
Supplementary interviews with some of his closest collaborators.
Material from over 150 books of press clippings in Chaplin's archives, which range
from his early days in music halls to his death
Chaplin's short films, from Making a Living (1914) to The Pilgrim (1923), as well
as all of his feature-length movies, from The Kid (1921) to A Countess from Hong
The first print run of 10,000 copies includes a precious 12 frame strip from City
Lights (1931), cut from a 35 mm print in Chaplin’s archives.
Documents from the Chaplin Archives Property and Copyright of Roy Export Company
Establishment, scanned by Cineteca di Bologna
Paul Duncan is a film historian who has edited 50 film books for TASCHEN, including
The James Bond Archives, The Charlie Chaplin Archives and The Godfather Family Album.
“…an astounding piece of work, even by TASCHEN’s lofty standards.”