Silent Film Killed the Clown: Recovering the Lost Life and Silent Film of Marceline Orbes, the Suicidal Clown of the New York Hippodrome, 1905-1915

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Abstract

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.
Original languageEnglish
Article number2
JournalThe Appendix
Volume2
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 6 Nov 2014

Keywords

  • silent film
  • sociology
  • comedy
  • cinema
  • theatre
  • performing arts

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Arts and Humanities(all)
  • History
  • Visual Arts and Performing Arts

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