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Vaudevisuals Bookself – ‘Charlie Chaplin’s Red Letter Days’

[Translate] By the end of 1914, Charlie Chaplin had become the most popular actor in films, and reporters were clamoring for interviews with the comedy sensation. But no reporter had more access than Fred Goodwins. A British actor who joined Read the full article…

Vaudevisuals Bookshelf – “Chain of Fools”

[Translate] CHAIN OF FOOLS by Trav S.D. Chain of Fools traces the art of slapstick comedy from its pre-cinema origins in the ancient pantomime through its silent movie heyday in the teens and twenties, then on to talkies, television, and Read the full article…

Vaudevisuals Bookshelf – “The Night They Raided Minsky’s”

[Translate] When I was a student at SVA studying Film Production I spent a day walking around the neighborhood and found a film set which had been created on West 26th Street. They had reconstructed an old 1920’s neighborhood to Read the full article…

Vaudevisuals Bookshelf – “The Downtown Book”

[Translate] The New York Art Scene in the period of 1974 thru 1984 was ‘on fire’. So much was going on everywhere! This book covers the scene! Downtown is more than just a location, it’s an attitude–and in the 1970s Read the full article…

Vaudevisuals Bookshelf – “The Comic Mind” – Gerald Mast

[Translate] Back Cover of The Comic Mind ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ Table of Contents Introduction Pt. I: Assumptions, Definitions, and Categories 1. Comic Structures 2. Comic Thought 3. Comic Films—Categories and Definitions Pt. II: Primitives 4. Jests, Tricks, and Read the full article…

Vaudevisuals Bookshelf – Caffe Cino

[Translate] The Birthplace of Off-Off-Broadway CAFFE CINO “It’s Magic Time!” That colorful promise began each performance at the Caffe Cino, the storied Greenwich Village coffeehouse that fostered the gay and alternative theatre movements of the 1960s and launched the careers Read the full article…

Vaudevisuals Bookshelf – “Girls Will be Boys” by Laura Horak

[Translate] “Girls Will be Boys” by Laura Horak Marlene Dietrich, Greta Garbo, and Katharine Hepburn all made lasting impressions with the cinematic cross-dressing they performed onscreen. What few modern viewers realize, however, is that these seemingly daring performances of the Read the full article…

Vaudevisuals Bookshelf – “Notes on a Cowardly Lion”

[Translate] Notes on a Cowardly Lion by John Lahr Back Cover First published in 1969, Notes on a Cowardly Lion has established itself as one of the best-ever show business biographies. Drawing on his father’s recollections and on the memories Read the full article…

Vaudevisuals Bookshelf – “How Sweet It Is” – Jackie Gleason

[Translate] This is one ‘helluva’ funny book!  Inside book jacket flaps. Back Cover of the book. This book is great! If you like The Honeymooners and any of Jackie Gleason’s TV Specials over the years you will enjoy reading these Read the full article…

Vaudevisuals Bookshelf – “Growing Up with Chico”

[Translate] GROWING UP WITH CHICO – by Maxine Marx Maxine Marx’s book about her experience as part of the family that gave us the Marx Brothers is deservedly well-known and much loved by classic movie fans.  Her anecdotes are funny, loving Read the full article…