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Unknown Chaplin 

Using in part rare out-take footage, the film-making methods and techniques of Charles Chaplin are explored.
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1986   1983  
Won 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Certificate: Passed Short | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

A gypsy seductress is sent to sway a goofy officer to allow a smuggling run.

Directors: Charles Chaplin, Leo White
Stars: Charles Chaplin, Edna Purviance, Ben Turpin
Three Ages (1923)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

The misadventures of Buster in three separate historical periods.

Directors: Edward F. Cline, Buster Keaton
Stars: Buster Keaton, Margaret Leahy, Wallace Beery
Short | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

A tramp sneaks into a upper class golf resort. The tramp meets a rich woman who is having an argument with her drunken husband. Complications arise when she mistakes the tramp for her husband.

Director: Charles Chaplin
Stars: Charles Chaplin, Edna Purviance, Charles Aber
Shanghaied I (1915)
Short | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Intent on scuttling his ship, a financially-pressed shipowner conspires with the vessel's captain to collect the insurance money, unbeknownst to him that his daughter and her beau, Charlie, are aboard. Will they get away with it so easily?

Director: Charles Chaplin
Stars: Charles Chaplin, Billy Armstrong, Lawrence A. Bowes
The Bank (1915)
Comedy | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Charlie does everything but an efficient job as janitor. Edna buys her fiance, the cashier, a birthday present. Charlie thinks "To Charles with Love" is for him. He presents her a rose ... See full summary »

Director: Charles Chaplin
Stars: Charles Chaplin, Edna Purviance, Billy Armstrong
Hollywood (TV Mini-Series 1980)
Documentary | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9.2/10 X  

The history of the American film industry in Hollywood during the Silent era.

Stars: James Mason, Viola Dana, Byron Haskin
By the Sea (1915)
Short | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

It is windy at a bathing resort. After fighting with one of the two husbands, Charlie approaches Edna while the two husbands themselves fight over ice cream. Driven away by her husband, Charlie turns to the other's wife.

Director: Charles Chaplin
Stars: Charles Chaplin, Billy Armstrong, Ed Armstrong
His New Job (1915)
Short | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Charlie is trying to get a job in a movie. After causing difficulty on the set he is told to help the carpenter. When one of the actors doesn't show, Charlie is given a chance to act but ... See full summary »

Director: Charles Chaplin
Stars: Charles Chaplin, Billy Armstrong, Agnes Ayres
Short | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

Edna's father wants her to marry wealthy Count He-Ha. Charlie, Edna's true love, impersonates the Count at dinner, but the real Count shows up and Charlie is thrown out. Later on Charlie ... See full summary »

Director: Charles Chaplin
Stars: Charles Chaplin, Edna Purviance, Lloyd Bacon
Documentary | Biography
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

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 »

Director: Richard Schickel
Stars: Charles Chaplin, Sydney Pollack, Bill Irwin
Short | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  

Charlie dreams he is in the stone age. There King Low-Brow rules a harem of wives. Charlie, in skins and a bowler, falls in love with the king's favorite wife, Sum-Babee. During a hunting ... See full summary »

Director: Charles Chaplin
Stars: Charles Chaplin, Mack Swain, May Wallace
In the Park (1915)
Short | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

A tramp steals a girl's handbag, but when he tries to pick Charlie's pocket loses his cigarettes and matches. He rescues a hot dog man from a thug, but takes a few with his walking stick. ... See full summary »

Director: Charles Chaplin
Stars: Charles Chaplin, Leona Anderson, Billy Armstrong
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James Mason ...  Narrator / ... 3 episodes, 1983
Hans-Joachim Kulenkampff Hans-Joachim Kulenkampff ...  Narrator (German Version) 3 episodes, 1983
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A documentary from silent film historians Kevin Brownlow and David Gill. Featuring never before seen out-takes from Chaplin's films, and other rare footage, Unknown Chaplin gives a valuable insight into the creation of Chaplin's films. Also included are interviews with people who knew and worked with Chaplin. The documentary is in three parts: My Happiest Years; Hidden Treasures; and The Great Director. Accompanied by excellent music by Carl Davis, some adapted from Chaplin's own music. Written by Sean Blake <seanpb@eagle.cc.ukans.edu>

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UK

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English

Release Date:

14 July 1986 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Der unbekannte Chaplin See more »

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Thames Television See more »
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Mono

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1.33 : 1
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Those actors not marked uncredited were credited by the narrator or by subtitles. See more »

Connections

Features The Immigrant (1917) See more »

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Title Theme
from The Kid (1921)
Written by Charles Chaplin
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a testament to Chaplin's genius
28 July 2005 | by noelartmSee all my reviews

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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