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Release Date:
14 July 1986 (USA) See more »
Using in part rare out-take footage, the film-making methods and techniques of Charles Chaplin are explored. Full summary »
Won Primetime Emmy. Another 3 nominations See more »
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 (Series Cast Summary - 1 of 4)

James Mason ... Narrator / ... (3 episodes, 1983)

Series Directed by
Kevin Brownlow (1 episode, 1983)
David Gill (1 episode, 1983)
Series Writing credits
Kevin Brownlow (3 episodes, 1983)
David Gill (3 episodes, 1983)

Series Produced by
Kevin Brownlow .... producer (3 episodes, 1983)
David Gill .... producer (3 episodes, 1983)
Series Original Music by
Carl Davis (2 episodes, 1983)

José Padilla (unknown episodes)
Series Film Editing by
Trevor Waite (2 episodes, 1983)
Series Art Department
Barry O'Riordan .... graphic designer (3 episodes, 1983)
Series Sound Department
Freddie Slade .... dubbing mixer (3 episodes, 1983)
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Peter Goodwin .... animation camera / animation camera operator (3 episodes, 1983)
Series Editorial Department
Thomas Kavanagh .... editor: video / video tape editor (2 episodes, 1983)

Terry Badham .... editor: video (unknown episodes)
Grant Goodwin .... editor: video (unknown episodes)
Series Music Department
Dick Bradford .... music recordist (3 episodes, 1983)
Carl Davis .... music arranger / composer: additional music (3 episodes, 1983)
Charles Chaplin .... composer: title theme from 'The Kid' / title theme music: "The Kid" (2 episodes, 1983)
Series Other crew
Shirley McAuley .... production secretary (3 episodes, 1983)
Janice Brackenridge .... production assistant (2 episodes, 1983)
Jacqueline French .... research (2 episodes, 1983)
Kate Knowles .... research (2 episodes, 1983)
Ian Lewis .... film research (2 episodes, 1983)
Raymond Rohauer .... program consultant (2 episodes, 1983)
Series Thanks
Oona Chaplin .... acknowledgment: Thames Television wishes to express its warmest appreciation for her co-operation and all her assistance / warmest appreciation to (3 episodes, 1983)
Karl H. Klein .... thanks / warmest appreciation to (2 episodes, 1983)

Steve Totheroh .... appreciation: stills (unknown episodes)
Marc Wanamaker .... appreciation: stills (unknown episodes)

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USA:156 min | 60 min (3 parts) (including commercials)
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Referenced in Chaplin Today: The Circus (2003) (TV)See more »
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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
a testament to Chaplin's genius, 28 July 2005
Author: Jon Noel Shelton ( from Lexington, KY

Charles Chaplin was truly the first independent filmmaker - with the exception perhaps of Georges Melies. Chaplin wrote, directed, starred in and scored nearly all of his films. No one understood the craft of film-making (silent or otherwise) better than Chaplin. He never compromised his artistic vision, perfectionism, or his integrity. Charlie literally made his films up as he went along, rehearsing on film and discarding whatever didn't work. Such techniques would prove too costly and time consuming today. This documentary consists of some of Chaplin's best experiments - some of which he re-shot and much of which he ordered burned. Like many a magician, Chaplin didn't want his secrets getting out. Luckily, many of his best tricks are revealed here for posterity. It's all lovingly narrated by James Mason. And the scenes that were cut from THE CIRCUS, CITY LIGHTS and MODERN TIMES are as good as anything that ended up in the final releases. I wish this was available on DVD, as my tapes are beginning to wear out.

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