Charlie Chaplin and A Woman of Paris

The Genesis of a Misunderstood Masterpiece

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About the Book

Popular with middle America throughout the 1920s, Charlie Chaplin’s A Woman of Paris (1923) has had an enduring influence throughout cinema history. Contrary to some criticism, the film was not just Chaplin’s recycling of Peggy Hopkins Joyce story. Indeed, he drew on a series of romances for inspiration during production—including the films of Pola Negri—as well as his own earlier movies. Based on extensive new research, this book covers the making of film in detail and reveals what other works on A Woman of Paris got wrong.

About the Author(s)

Wes D. Gehring is a distinguished professor of film at Ball State University and associate media editor for USA Today magazine, for which he also writes the column “Reel World.” He is the author of 39 film books, including biographies of James Dean, Carole Lombard, Steve McQueen, Robert Wise, Red Skelton and Charlie Chaplin.

Bibliographic Details

Wes D. Gehring
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Bibliographic Info: ca. 40 photos, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2020
pISBN: 978-1-4766-7244-1
eISBN: 978-1-4766-4072-3
Imprint: McFarland

Book Reviews & Awards

“Gehring remains supreme in film comedy scholarship”—Choice; “Just about anything with film historian and media writer Wes D. Gehring’s name on it will be of quality.”—Cinema Retro.