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Charlie Chaplin: The Little Tramp (1980)

Joel Grey dresses up as Charlie Chaplin to tell the story of his movie career, and show many of his clips.

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Joel Grey dresses up as Charlie Chaplin to tell the story of his movie career, and show many of his clips.

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Joel Grey hosts a survey of Chaplin films between 1914 and 1917 with clips of poor quality.
30 December 2009 | by (Pine Grove, California) – See all my reviews

This film covers Chaplin's early life with stills, as there is no movie record of it, and his meteoric rise to fame in 1914 to about 1917, with clips of "Auto Races in Venice (1914)" (where he first used his 'little tramp' getup), followed by clips of 13 other shorts in the period, including "The Floorwalker," "The Rink" and "The Immigrant." It was fairly well written and nicely hosted by Joel Grey, but it could have been much better. I was disappointed in the quality of many of the clips. They were not only scratchy, but also overblown with heads often cut off. And they were run at sound speed giving it that jerky motion which gives silents a bad name. Even in 1980, better clips were available and should have been used.


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