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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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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from The Kid (1921)
Written by Charles Chaplin
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Delightfully inciteful and historical documentary . . .
6 May 1999 | by (bloomfield, new jersey) – See all my reviews

Anyone who knows little about Chaplin or the silent movie era (including myself, being born in 1960) will find this documentary very educational.

Thank goodness someone had the foresight to interview people who knew and worked with Chaplin while they were still alive. Documentaries like this are a crucial part of film history and preservation. People who actually worked in the silent era know it better than anyone.

I highly recommend it to anyone.


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