Before Taylor, before Spongebob, before Lebron, there was Charlie Chaplin--an instantly recognizable global celebrity. Yet in 1952, the silent comedy star was banned from returning to the United States and spent the rest of his life in exile. Eyman's masterful, suspenseful narrative explains how a combination of the FBI, conservative gossip columnists, and anti-Communist zealots conspired against a complex artist who believed his only crime was to want to make his audience laugh.
Think Charlie Chaplin and you probably envision a scamp of a tramp from those old-timey movies. This book--part biography, part film criticism, part social history--details how Charlie Chaplin became one of the highest profile victims of the Cold War's cultural persecution, and how the government forced him into exile and obscurity during the last decades of his life. Eyman's thesis is that Charlie Chaplin's experience decades ago foreboded a cancel culture mentality that continues to plague Hollywood today. A juicy read.
While Varda is best known for her films, she is also a master of photography and installation art. This catalog of her tri-partite art--assembled by Silent Green to accompany a comprehensive exhibit--illuminates the under-recognized facets of Varda's life and career, in particular her wonderful installations, which convey the same warmth and passion so notable in her films and photographs.