Charlie: The Life and Art of Charles Chaplin

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American film historian and author Richard Schickel directs the documentary Charlie: The Life and Art of Charles Chaplin. Schickel offers an exploration into Chaplin's life, from his childhood in London until his death in 1977. The film also contains insight on his multifaceted film career and much-publicized private life. Includes archive footage, film clips, and narration by Sydney Pollack. Interwoven with the vintage bits are contemporary interviews with Hollywood personas such as Woody Allen, Martin Scorsese, and Johnny Depp. Chaplin's children Michael and Geraldine also provide contributions. Charlie was shown at the Edinburgh International Film Festival in 2003.


Critic Reviews for Charlie: The Life and Art of Charles Chaplin

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  • ... a model of the genre, in which we see genius as well as hear about it...

    Jan 25, 2018 | Full Review…
  • I urge everyone to see it.

    Feb 26, 2004

    Andrew Sarris

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  • It is crammed to the gills with a fine selection of the beloved comic's best work, with talking-head commentary serving to deepen and enrich the enjoyment.

    Feb 13, 2004 | Rating: 3.5/4
  • It whets the appetite to experience again Chaplin's luminous body of work.

    Feb 13, 2004 | Rating: 3/4
  • A well-organized, informative and inevitably entertaining portrait of the man who revolutionized screen comedy and who arguably became the first mass-market, commercialized media figure.

    Feb 13, 2004
  • Richard Schickel, a noted film critic and historian, has used the familiar techniques of historical documentary to construct a critical biography of one of the dominant figures in 20th-century popular culture.

    Feb 12, 2004 | Rating: 3.5/5

Audience Reviews for Charlie: The Life and Art of Charles Chaplin

  • Mar 19, 2008
    Wonderful documentary on the tramp
    Ken S Super Reviewer
  • May 09, 2007
    A wonderful, touching, informative, well-done and heartbreaking documentary of the greatest comedic talent of all time. Great interviews with Chaplin's children, Martin Scorsese, Johnny Depp and Robert Downey jr, not to mention numerous film critics and Chaplin biographers. This documentary also features many many great clips of his work. This is definitely a great watch but it also makes me feel like an idiot for not seeing more than half a dozen of Chaplin's films.
    Michael G Super Reviewer

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