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Charlie Chaplin: The Forgotten Years (2003)
"Charlie Chaplin - Les années suisses" (original title)

TV Movie  |   |  Documentary, Biography  |  18 May 2003 (France)
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This documentary about Charlie Chaplin focuses on his late years when he lived with his family in a village on Lake Geneva in Switzerland. His personal life and his love for the circus are ... See full summary »


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This documentary about Charlie Chaplin focuses on his late years when he lived with his family in a village on Lake Geneva in Switzerland. His personal life and his love for the circus are depicted as well as the late works of his professional career, including his extensive work as a composer. In addition, the film reveals the Swiss intelligence agency's file on Chaplin. Features numerous archive clips and new interviews with family members and various entertainment stars, including Petula Clark, who sings her Chaplin-written hit "This Is My Song" in his villa. Written by Peter Brandt Nielsen

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18 May 2003 (France)  »

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Charlie Chaplin - Die Schweizer Jahre  »

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Fair Look at Chaplin's Final Years
27 November 2010 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Charlie Chaplin: The Forgotten Years (2003)

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This made-for-TV documentary from Switzerland talks about Charles Chaplin's years there. After pretty much being kicked out of America, Chaplin, his wife and kids moved to Switzerland where the star would live for the rest of his life. The documentary covers these years where we get to see where he lived, some of the issues he had there and get to meet various people he met including various circus performers. There are many folks interviewed here including Peter Ustinov, Sophia Loren as well as Chaplin's kids Geraldine, Michael and Eugene. Overall I really wouldn't call this a good documentary as it was a tad bit too cheap and there was never any real clear focus as to what type of story they were wanting to tell. I think there are much better documentaries out there on Chaplin so this one here is certainly for die-hard fans only. The greatest thing about this are the interviews with his children as they can certainly give us a great idea of what the great filmmaker was like during the later portion of his life. There were some great stories told about how he would spend his days as well as talk about the film THE FREAK, which was meant to be his final work but it ended up never being made. At just under 55-minutes, the film bounces around quite a bit and even starts off briefly discussing his grave being stolen shortly after his death. We even get the grave diggers interviewed!

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