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Charlie: The Life and Art of Charles Chaplin

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Narrated by Sydney Pollack, film critic Richard Schickel's dazzling two-hour plus documentary to one of the towering figures in film: Charles Chaplin. Hardcore Chaplin fans may not find much new material here, but more unfamiliar admirers will gain some valuable information about one of the most famous personalities of the 20th century. Schickel has constructed the documentary as a chronological survey of Chaplin's work, starting with his most significant shorts and covering all of his features. Schickel supports his narration with testimony from artists familiar with Chaplin's work and family members who offer personal insights into the comedian's life. The documentary plays down but doesn't ignore the controversies that swirled around Chaplin's private life. But the main focus is on the films. They include some of the best-loved movies of all time. Clips from "Kid Auto Races at Venice," the 1914 Keystone short in which Chaplin first used his Tramp costume, reveal a startlingly modern technique and sensibility, as if the filmmakers were predicting and mocking reality TV. Subsequent shorts show Chaplin refining his 'Little Tramp' character while absorbing the essentials of filmmaking. By the time he made "Easy Street," in 1917, Chaplin had perfected a combination of knockabout farce and Victorian sentiment that still proves irresistible. Chaplin's early features, including "The Kid," "The Gold Rush" and "City Lights," were such blockbuster hits that he could essentially ignore the coming of sound for almost a decade. Those making appearances on the program include Woody Allen, Richard Attenborough, Jeanine Basinger, Claire Bloom, Geraldine Chaplin. Sydney Chaplin, Johnny Depp, Robert Downey Jr., Milos Forman, Bill Irwin, Norman Lloyd, Marcel Marceau, David Raksin, David Robinson, Andrew Sarris, Martin Scorsese and Jeffrey Vance.... Show more

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Charlie: The Life and Art of Charles Chaplin is one of these movies you want to watch over and over again. The term 'Best' is as you know a relative term. What you or I consider as the best may not even be in someone else's top list. So the general rule is to proclaim the one which majority of the folks like as the best. Nevertheless, according to me the following can be regarded as some of the finest movie ever made. Charlie: The Life and Art of Charles Chaplin is a specific movie, not everyone likes it, but it's impressive. I recommend to watch it online before you buy it. The music deepens the impression, perfectly emphasizing the mood of what is happening on the screen. I did not know anything about this movie before, I did not even see a trailer, but I enjoyed it very much in the first place. I needed some time after watching, to get back my mind. Now stream in hd or download Charlie: The Life and Art of Charles Chaplin here.... Show more

Directors: Richard Schickel
Countries: United States
Release: 2003-09-11
Duration: 132 min
IMDb Rating: 8
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