Charlie: The Life and Art of Charles Chaplin
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Charlie: The Life and Art of Charles Chaplin
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… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 95%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"I urge everyone to see it."
‑ Andrew Sarris, New York Observer
"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."
‑ Frank Scheck, Hollywood Reporter
"The new generations represented here -- Depp, Scorsese, etc. -- remind us that Chaplin's best work does not confine his brilliance to bygone years. Or even to the 20th Century."
‑ Mark Bourne, DVDJournal.com
"Strictly quotidian as a biographical documentary, but the Chaplin comedy clips are peerless."
‑ Phil Hall, Film Threat
"A delightful doc that minimizes talking heads in favor of a treasure trove of excerpts from Chaplin films."
‑ Harvey S. Karten, Compuserve
"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."
‑ Megan Lehmann, New York Post
"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."
‑ A.O. Scott, New York Times
"It's hard to argue with any film that features so much footage of Chaplin at his best."
‑ Jeff Vice, Deseret News, Salt Lake City
"You'll get more out of watching this documentary than reading another biography on Chaplin."
‑ Doug Hennessy, Filmcritic.com
"Manages to act as a riveting entrée for novices to Chaplin's work while providing enough new fare for aficionados."
‑ Mary Colbert, Boxoffice Magazine
"It whets the appetite to experience again Chaplin's luminous body of work."
‑ Jami Bernard, New York Daily News
"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."
‑ John Anderson, Newsday
"Pity the poor film-school student who will have to sit through this dry-as-dust documentary."
‑ Sean Means, Salt Lake Tribune
"An excellent introduction to one of the towering figures in film."
‑ Daniel Eagan, Film Journal International
"Delivers the facts and illustrates the work with a generous selection of well-chosen clips."
‑ Maitland McDonagh, TV Guide's Movie Guide
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