The Real Charlie Chaplin
A stirring new take on the life and work of one the most elusive cinema icons, revealing a never-previously-broadcast interview.
Peter Middleton, James Spinney
Ben Limberg, John Battsek, Mike Brett, Steve Jamison, Jo-Jo Ellison
Oliver Kindeberg, Peter Middleton, James Spinney
UK 2021. 114min
Altitude Film Distribution
Peter Middleton and James Spinney, directors of the critically acclaimed Notes on Blindness, have crafted an innovative and illuminating documentary about Charles Chaplin, offering new perspectives on his tumultuous life and remarkable career. Deftly blending rich archive material, from photographs to home movies, along with stunning dramatic reconstructions, the film revolves around a revelatory and previously unheard 1966 audio recording – a four-day interview Chaplin gave to Life magazine reporter Richard Meryman. Key moments in the artist’s life are investigated: his rise from the slums of Victorian London to fame in Hollywood, his fall from grace following The Great Dictator, via his troubling relationships with women, and his last marriage to Oona O’Neill. It’s a fascinating portrait and fresh insight into the life of one of cinema’s earliest stars.
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The screening on Friday 15 October NFT1 will have a BSL interpreted introduction and Q&A, and the film will have closed captions for customers who are D/deaf or hard of hearing. It will also be presented with an audio-description soundtrack for customers who are blind or partially-sighted.
The BFI Player screening on Friday 15 October will have closed captions for customers who are D/deaf or hard of hearing and will be presented with an audio-description soundtrack for customers who are blind or partially-sighted.
This film contains flashing images.
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