Geraldine Chaplin: The Gift of Film Performance
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Explores the film performances of Geraldine Chaplin across various transnational and historical contexts
- Examines the distinctive screen performances of Geraldine Chaplin, a unique and underappreciated international star
- Offers new readings of Chaplin’s presence in important films by key film directors across various international cinemas, including Carlos Saura (Spain), Jacques Rivette (France), David Lean (Britain), Robert Altman (America), Alain Resnais (France)
- Offers a unique approach to film performance studies, showing how performative moments created by one actor evoke the memory and performances of another related star in a different historical and aesthetic context
- Explores the relationships between silent film comedy and postwar international art cinema, and between classical and modernist styles of film performance
The most distinguished actor among Charlie Chaplin’s children, Geraldine Chaplin has created a striking performative presence across international cinema. In shifting cinematic contexts and through collaborations with major film directors, she playfully evokes the memory of her iconic father, while establishing her own distinctive screen art. Geraldine Chaplin: The Gift of Film Performance is a long-overdue appreciation of Chaplin’s remarkable screen achievements, and includes close readings of her performances in films such as Doctor Zhivago, Peppermint Frappé, Cría cuervos, Nashville, Welcome to L.A., Remember My Name, Noroît, Chaplin, Talk to Her, and more.
Edinburgh University Press
Geraldine Chaplin, motion pictures, film
Film and Media Studies
Rybin, S. (2020). Geraldine Chaplin: The gift of film performance. Edinburgh University Press.