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Stealing Charlie Chaplin (2017)

Unrated | | Documentary, Crime, Drama | 21 June 2017 (USA)
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An account of the 1978 stealing of the body of the late Charles Chaplin.

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In 1978, three months after Comedy Icon, Charlie Chaplin's death, his body disappeared from it's grave in Corsier-Sur-Vevey, Switzerland. After being left initially with no clues, only outrageous and often ridiculous rumors, the robbers finally made contact with the family. What ensued was a tense, but often comedic game of cat and mouse.

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Great documentary sheds light on this little known caper
14 August 2017 | by See all my reviews

Stealing Charlie Chaplin, is from what I can see, director Phil Boatswain's first full length documentary feature, and it is an assured and interesting one.

I am by no means a Chaplin aficionado, and while I know the iconic "Tramp" like just about every film lover I was not aware, and underestimated just how enormous a star Chaplin was when at his peak.

With that background, Boatswain expertly navigates what is undoubtedly a "truth is far stranger than fiction" tale of crime and mystery following the theft, and ransom of Chaplin's body after his death. The story takes a number of twists and is told through the eyes of a number of Chaplin experts as the story slowly unravels.

I won't say any more.....thoroughly interesting and entertaining. Highly recommend.


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