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Unknown Chaplin 

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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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James Mason ...  Narrator / ... 3 episodes, 1983
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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Features The Immigrant (1917) See more »

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Title Theme
from The Kid (1921)
Written by Charles Chaplin
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The Follow - Up To Hollywood
20 May 2005 | by theowinthropSee all my reviews

When the series Hollywood was made in the late 1970s, it's producers had more than enough material for a series of over 10 episodes (as it was shown). Especially the material dealing with interviews of silent film period survivors. The producers decided to do several follow-up documentaries. Three eventually were made, about Chaplin, Keaton, and Lloyd. This was the first. Taken from the Chaplin family film vaults, it showed (in three episodes) scenes that were filmed by Chaplin from movies that were actually finished but re-cut (like CITY LIGHTS, THE CIRCUS, and THE CURE), as well as films that were made for private viewing (a film with visitor Sir Harry Lauder), and film that was created for projects that did not work out. It was a wonderful series, and all too brief - mostly due to the tragic fact that Chaplin did not save all the cut material from all his projects and films. Try to catch this on DVD.


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