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Charlie Chaplin's only novel published for the first time

4 February 2014 4:06 PM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Footlights, the screen legend's unseen prequel in prose to the film Limelight, reflects his sadness at declining stardom

Read an extract from Footlights by Charlie Chaplin

The only work of fiction ever written by Charlie Chaplin, a dark, nostalgic novella which was the root of his great film Limelight and which has lain unpublished for over 60 years, is being made public for the first time.

Footlights, which runs to 34,000 words, traces the same story as Chaplin's valedictory film Limelight – that of an ageing, alcoholic clown Calvero and the ballerina he saves from suicide.

The film, in which Chaplin played Calvero and Claire Bloom the ballerina, was the final American movie Chaplin made before he was banned from the country for alleged communist sympathies. The novella, which Chaplin wrote in 1948, before the film script, widens and deepens the story, giving an insight into the author's state of mind at the time. »

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