Using in part rare out-take footage, the film-making methods and techniques of Charles Chaplin are explored.
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Won 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 3 nominations. See more awards »
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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 ... See full summary »

Director: Richard Schickel
Stars: Charles Chaplin, Sydney Pollack, Bill Irwin
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Documentary | Biography
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.9/10 X  

A series about the life, career and works of the movie comedy genius.

Stars: Lindsay Anderson, Buster Keaton, Eleanor Keaton
The Adventurer I (1917)
Comedy | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

The Little Tramp escapes from prison; saves a girl and her mother from drowning; and creates havoc at a swank party.

Director: Charles Chaplin
Stars: Charles Chaplin, Edna Purviance, Eric Campbell
The Pilgrim (1923)
Short | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

The Tramp is an escaped convict who is mistaken as a pastor in a small town church.

Director: Charles Chaplin
Stars: Edna Purviance, Charles Chaplin, Syd Chaplin
The Pawnshop (1916)
Comedy | Short
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Charlie competes with his fellow shop assistant. He is fired by the pawnbroker and rehired. He nearly destroys everything in the shop and and himself. He helps capture a burglar. He destroys a client's clock while examining it in detail.

Director: Charles Chaplin
Stars: Charles Chaplin, Henry Bergman, Edna Purviance
Pay Day I (1922)
Comedy | Short
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Charlie is an expert bricklayer. He has lots of fun and work and enjoys himself greatly while at the saloon. As he leaves work his wife takes the pay he has hidden in his hat. But he steals... See full summary »

Director: Charles Chaplin
Stars: Charles Chaplin, Phyllis Allen, Mack Swain
The Circus (1928)
Comedy | Romance
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The Tramp finds work and the girl of his dreams at a circus.

Director: Charles Chaplin
Stars: Charles Chaplin, Merna Kennedy, Al Ernest Garcia
Limelight (1952)
Drama | Music | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

A fading comedian and a suicidally despondent ballet dancer must look to each other to find meaning and hope in their lives.

Director: Charles Chaplin
Stars: Charles Chaplin, Claire Bloom, Nigel Bruce
Shoulder Arms (1918)
Short | Comedy | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Charlie is a boot camp private who has a dream of being a hero who goes on a daring mission behind enemy lines.

Director: Charles Chaplin
Stars: Edna Purviance, Charles Chaplin, Syd Chaplin
Short | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

The Tramp is tricked into impersonating an embezzling floorwalker in a department store.

Director: Charles Chaplin
Stars: Charles Chaplin, Edna Purviance, Eric Campbell
Comedy | Drama
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A recently-deposed European monarch seeks shelter in New York City, where he becomes an accidental television celebrity and is later wrongly accused of being a Communist.

Director: Charles Chaplin
Stars: Charles Chaplin, Maxine Audley, Jerry Desmonde
The Immigrant (1917)
Short | Comedy | Drama
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Charlie is an immigrant who endures a challenging voyage and gets into trouble as soon as he arrives in America.

Director: Charles Chaplin
Stars: Charles Chaplin, Edna Purviance, Eric Campbell
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 Herself & In Out-Takes / ... (archive footage) (2 episodes, 1983)
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 Himself & In Out-Takes / ... (archive footage) (2 episodes, 1983)
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 Himself & In Out-Takes / ... (archive footage) (2 episodes, 1983)
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 Himself (archive footage) (2 episodes, 1983)
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A documentary from silent film historians Kevin Brownlow and David Gill. Featuring never before seen out-takes from Chaplin's films, and other rare footage, Unknown Chaplin gives a valuable insight into the creation of Chaplin's films. Also included are interviews with people who knew and worked with Chaplin. The documentary is in three parts: My Happiest Years; Hidden Treasures; and The Great Director. Accompanied by excellent music by Carl Davis, some adapted from Chaplin's own music. Written by Sean Blake <seanpb@eagle.cc.ukans.edu>

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O Chaplin que Ninguém Viu  »

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Behind the Screen
18 October 2005 | by See all my reviews

"Unknown Chaplin" is an interesting program--from two authorities on film history and preservation, Kevin Brownlow and the late David Gill, two men I'm thankful to for many of the restored movies I've seen. I consider Charlie Chaplin one of the greatest filmmakers ever, in addition to being the funniest man I've ever seen. This three-part television series shows cut footage from Chaplin's films, providing a unique look at the filmmaker's perfectionism and improvisational approach.

The first two episodes are especially telling. "My Happiest Years" features cut footage from his Mutual shorts "The Immigrant" and "The Cure", where Chaplin repeatedly retook scenes, improvising the comedy and narrative in front of the camera. And, "The Great Director" includes a nice look at the struggle between Chaplin's perfectionism and his unprofessional leading actress during filming of "City Lights". The last episode, "Hidden Treasures", shows a comedian who continued to work when not filming movies for release and how some of the gags in his films evolved over time. There's also a sequence from his aborted film "The Professor" and cut scenes from more of his films. Overall, "Unknown Chaplin" is worth watching for everyone seriously interested in Chaplin's art.


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