The Real Charlie Chaplin
Telluride at Dartmouth

The Real Charlie Chaplin

September 23, 2021

This event occurred as part of the 21/22 Hop Film season. This is an archived view.

With newly unearthed materials and previously unheard voices, this contemporary portrait sheds new light on cinema's groundbreaking, controversial and visionary artist.

21/22 Hop Film

James Spinney and Peter Middleton's exquisitely crafted documentary offers the definitive story of cinema's most iconic figure. Refracting his life through a kaleidoscope of previously unheard voices and perspectives, the film traces Charlie Chaplin's meteoric rise from the slums of Victorian London to the heights of Hollywood superstardom, before his scandalous fall from grace. Featuring rare photographs, film outtakes and previously unknown audio recordings, Spinney and Middleton shed new light on Chaplin's family life, his contentious relation to 20th-century politics and his artistic genius. You may think there was nothing new to be said about Chaplin, but this portrait brings us an artist who, through his pure love of the form, continues to inspire more than a century after he began. (US, 2020, 1h49m) Courtesy of Showtime

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