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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 »
In this series, we follow the life of the legendary movie comedy giant from his childhood on the stage to his film career. Along the way, we learn of the works of this genius and his methods in creating them. Furthermore, we see how events drove him to ruin and how they turned around in his later years to allow him to enjoy the acclaim that was his due. Written by
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This was an amazing documentary. Instead of the usual superficial and boring bio, it's jam-packed full of stories about the film making process and interesting anecdotes you'll hear no where else.
The show was presented in three 1-hour segments--going chronologically through his long career. One of the most memorable aspects was the film discussing his awful "bio-pic" (THE BUSTER KEATON STORY)--how it was mostly untrue and Keaton was not a hard-core drinker. Yes, he did have a drinking problem but it was short-lived and not a defining moment in his career.
Wonderful, thorough and lovingly made--an absolute MUST for fans of silent comedy.
FYI--Another similar project was created by the same writers for Harold Lloyd (AMERICAN MASTERS--HAROLD LLOYD, THE THIRD GENIUS) and Charlie Chaplin (UNKNOWN CHAPLIN). All three are terrific and must-see for fans of silent comedy!
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