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Chaplin (1992)

 -  Biography | Drama  -  8 January 1993 (USA)
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A film about the troubled and controversial life of the master comedy filmmaker.

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The biography of Charlie Chaplin, filmmaker extraordinaire. From his formative years in England to his highest successes in America, Charlie's life, work, and loves are followed. While his screen characters were extremely hilarious, the man behind "The Little Tramp" was constantly haunted by a sense of loss. Written by Murray Chapman <muzzle@cs.uq.oz.au>

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Everyone has a wild side. Even a legend. See more »

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Rated PG-13 for nudity and language | See all certifications »

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$31,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$9,493,259 (USA)
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In this film, Chaplin's eyes are brown, but they were blue in real life. See more »

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During the scene where Chaplin demonstrates the power of silent films as Vaslav Nijinsky, he first gives him a high voice before correcting himself. Chaplin would've known very well what Nijinsky sounded like as he had met him numerous times in the 1920s and the two were good friends. (Source: The documentary "Chaplin Today" from the DVD release of City Lights) See more »

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[first lines]
George Hayden: Ha ha ha ha ha. Come on Charlie stop messing about, we really have to get down to it now. I just hope our friendship survives the day, that's all.
Charlie Chaplin: Ha George, don't be so melodramatic.
George Hayden: Well it's your autobiography Charlie. And as your editor I have to tell you that parts of the manuscript are pretty vague, to say the least. I mean for instance, your mother. Now when did she first loose control? We need to know those facts.
Charlie Chaplin: It's hard to say. She could be so wonderful, on good days...
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Exceptional bio-pic
19 December 2002 | by (Oakland CA) – See all my reviews

An attempt to make a film that is both honest and at the same time shamelessly self-serving about its (auto)biographical subject -- the legendary comedian/director Chaplin -- is pulled off with style. It's fun to see some modern talents inhabit the roles of screen's bygone icons (though in some cases a little less charicature would have been appreciated, especially in the case of Mabel Normand). Kline, surprisingly enough, makes a convincing Fairbanks. The rest of the cast is also well-picked -- X-Files fans should watch closely to catch quite a few glimpses of lower-billed David Duchovny as Chaplin's personal editor.

The direction is very good; I particularly liked how some of the straight scenes were filmed in a comic, surrealist style (Chaplin's escape from the police w/ his cans of "the Kid" reels is staged like a Keystone Komedy), while some of what might have been more comic elements are played straight (Chaplin's attempt to convince his brother that "The Tramp" cannot talk in a movie is both funny and serious, for example). Some of the (perhaps true to life) melodramatic elements are a bit overplayed (the bit with his mom was handled too heavily for my tastes, especially her shouting his name as she's dragged away by the asylum guards), but generally the film avoids genre cliches and "easy" scenes.

Great photography.

Downey Jr. fits the roll well, even rising to many of the physical challenges of the Chaplin mystique.

A superior film of its type, laced with self-conscious humor and self-reflection on the artistic temperament.


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