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Charlie: The Life and Art of Charles Chaplin (2004)

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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.
Rating:
NR
Genre:
Classics , Comedy , Documentary , Special Interest , Television
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Studio:
Warner Bros.

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

All Critics (19) | Top Critics (8)

I urge everyone to see it.

Full Review… | February 26, 2004
New York Observer
Top Critic

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.

February 13, 2004
New York Post
Top Critic

It whets the appetite to experience again Chaplin's luminous body of work.

February 13, 2004
New York Daily News
Top Critic

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.

February 13, 2004
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | February 12, 2004
New York Times
Top Critic

Made with enormous affection; the Chaplinesque sentimentality, which so many silent fans cite when voicing a preference for Keaton or Harold Lloyd, is employed here, not exploited.

February 12, 2004
Newsday
Top Critic

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

This is a wonderful look at the man, his life, and his career. Charlie Chaplin was an awesome actor, director, and writer for his time. Johnny Depp, Martin Scorsese, Robert Downey Jr and more tell what an impact Charlie had on their lives. Great documentary for any movie fan.

Donna Storey
Donna Storey

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 Gildea
Michael Gildea

Super Reviewer

½

Wonderful documentary on the tramp

Ken Stachnik
Ken Stachnik

Super Reviewer

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