As Chaplin's character The Tramp celebrates his 100th birthday this year, the Keystone Album has been published in its entirety for the first time by the Musée de l'Elysée and Xavier Barral, including 794 stills taken from 29 of his short films. The digital version of the book is enhanced by film clips and critical essays by Glenn Mitchell, Cecilia Cenciarelli, Francis Bordat and Sylvain Portmann.
A rare example in images of the beginning of Charlie Chaplin’s career as an actor, this album brings together photograms of 29 of the 36 first short films in which Charlie Chaplin played in 1914. As the pages turn, we witness the birth of the Tramp character, who gradually takes over in front of and behind the camera on both the script and the direction.
The Keystone Album was restored, and this book released, thanks to the support of the Fondation BNP Paribas Suisse.
This book has been released on the occasion of the exhibition Chaplin, between wars and peace (1914-1940) presented at the Musée de l'Élysée in Lausanne through January 4th, 2015.