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The Chaplin Machine: Slapstick, Fordism and the International Communist Avant-Garde

The Chaplin Machine: Slapstick, Fordism and the International Communist Avant-Garde (Paperback)

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In The Chaplin Machine, Owen Hatherley unearths the hidden history of Soviet film, art and architecture. Turning upside down the common view that the Communist avant-garde was austere and humourless, he reveals an unexpected comedic streak which found its inspiration in the slapstick of the American performers Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton. Hatherley examines through this Americanised prism a comedy of technology, which began on Henry Ford's production lines and transcended political and cultural boundaries to become an international phenomenon. What did it mean for socialists to combine the ideas of Chaplin and Ford? Did their experiments suggest a new future conception of work and leisure? And to what degree was this emphasis on comedy a precursor to the weirdly festive despotism of Stalin? The Chaplin Machine is a bold, new interpretation of twentieth-century art history.

Architecture & DesignArchitectureArt, Fashion & PhotographyArt monographs, history & theoryArts: general issues & referenceFilm, TV & DramaFilms, cinemaHistory & PoliticsPhilosophy, Psychology & Social SciencesCultural Studies Publisher: Pluto Press Publication Date: 20/04/2016 ISBN-13: 9780745336114  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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Owen Hatherley is a writer based in Woolwich and Warsaw, contributing regularly to Architects Journal, Icon, the Guardian and New Humanist. He is the author of several books, most recently A New Kind of Bleak (Verso, 2012), Across the Plaza (Strelka, 2012) and Landscapes of Communism (Allen Lane, 2015).

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