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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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2 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
Masterpiece, 13 March 2008
Author: Michael_Elliott from Louisville, KY

Unknown Chaplin (1983)

**** (out of 4)

Unknown Chaplin: My Happiest Years

Incredibly interesting documentary from Kevin Brownlow uses outtakes, behind the scenes footage and other goodies to tell the story of Charles Chaplin during his Mutual years of 1914-1917. Since most silent "extras" are gone it's rather amazing they were able to find all of this stuff, which really puts a face on the rumors surrounding Chaplin's work methods. It is known he was a genius but no one ever saw how that genius came to be. Some said he was sadistic and others said he was a terror to work for. With these outtakes we see why people would feel this way as Chaplin takes little scenes and runs off fifty to one hundred takes. But we also see the genius this creates especially during outtakes of The Immigrant where the same scene is shot over and over using different actors, clothing and other things to pull the scene off. This was part one of a three part series.

Unknown Chaplin: The Great Director

Part two of Kevin Brownlow's documentary about Charles Chaplin, this one taking a look at the making of The Kid, The Gold Rush and City Lights. Once again you get a perfect idea of who Chaplin was and how he was able to create the masterpieces that he did. The alternate ending and footage from City Lights is certainly the highlight here.

Unknown Chaplin: Hidden Treasures

Final segment in Brownlow's brilliant documentary is a real treat for fans as it contains to deleted scenes from The Circus, both of which are among the best stuff Chaplin has done. Also included is the deleted opening sequence to Modern Times, which was also quite nicely done. Home movies and other goodies are scattered throughout this part as well. Overall this is certainly a brilliant documentary and highly rated to those who enjoy Chaplin's work.

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