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A reconstruction of the life and cultural significance of Marceline Orbes, the early 20th century performing artist who inspired Chaplin and Keaton but took his own life when his career failed. A trans-media article, this piece includes not only a historic inquiry into the role played by Orbes in establishing the 20th century's comedic canon, it includes a reconstruction of his only (and since lost) silent film from 1915.
|Publication status||Published - 6 Nov 2014|
- silent film
- performing arts
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Arts and Humanities(all)
- Visual Arts and Performing Arts
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Reid, D. & Sanders, B., 5 May 2018
Research output: Practice-Based and Non-textual Research › Digital or Visual Media
The Clown Suicides: The Death and Cinematic Afterlife of Marceline Orbes and Francis “Slivers” Oakley, New York's Superstar Clowns, in Charlie Chaplin’s LimelightReid, D., 1 Oct 2017, In: Studies in American Humor. 3, 2, p. 157-177 21 p.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-reviewOpen AccessFile