She Could Be Chaplin!: The Comedic Brilliance of Alice by Anthony Slide,George Stevens

By Anthony Slide,George Stevens

Alice Howell (1886�1961) is slowly gaining attractiveness and regard as arguably an important slapstick comedienne of the silent period. This new examine, the 1st book-length appreciation, identifies her position within the comedy hierarchy along the best-known of silent comediennes, Mabel Normand. Like Normand, Howell discovered her craft with Mack Sennett and Charlie Chaplin. starting her display profession in 1914, Howell speedy built a particular variety and whimsical dresses and mannerisms, effectively hiding her attractiveness, and was once quickly pointed out because the �Female Charlie Chaplin.�

Howell turned a celebrity of comedy shorts in 1915 and persevered her occupation via 1928 and the arrival of sound in movie. whereas she is this day well-known as a pioneering woman filmmaker, in the course of her occupation she by no means expressed a lot curiosity in her paintings, seeing it basically as a method to an finish, together with her source of revenue conscientiously invested in genuine property. It has taken a long time for her to realize her rightful position in movie heritage, not just as a comedienne, but additionally as matriarch of a favorite American family members that incorporates son-in-law and director George Stevens and grandson George Stevens Jr., founding father of the yankee movie Institute and the Kennedy heart Honors, who offers a foreword.

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