Richard Schickel's excellent selection of critical and biographical essays is a fine place to begin for readers interested in learning more about the seminal cinematic figure.
A worthy companion piece to the Schickel collection, the deliriously obsessive and bracingly thorough Silent Traces scours the backgrounds of Chaplin's films to point out their exact locations, past and present, through photographs.
A veritable Zelig of the industry, and an inexhaustible fund of good anecdotes (including one involving Shelley Winters and another involving a difficult Jerry Lewis), Rich remains fine company from first page to last in this chronicle of an epic life.
Written by Wellman's son, The Man and His Wings is part fond memorial, part family scrapbook, packed with previously unseen photos, mementos of Hollywood's Golden Age, and letters from the front.
This critical analysis of Mann's work by LA Weekly critic F.X. Feeney contains dozens of painterly frame enlargements as well as materials from Mann's own archive.
Surveying Titanic flops, Himalayan egos and Vesuvian temper-tantrums, New York Times TV correspondent Bill Carter compiles a compelling portrait of the years leading up to the transformational 2004-2005 TV season.