“The Real Charlie Chaplin” Review: A Fascinating Documentary Biography of an Incredibly Complex Icon

The film begins pretty neatly in December 1916 with a cheeky “report” of all of Chaplin’s observations in America. He’s everywhere from New York to California, hats, sticks, strikes, but who is Chaplin? Probably the one who finished 20th in Chaplin’s doubles race, as rumoured. Chaplinmania is in full swing, and fans of its comedic nickel comedy are expressing their gratitude by masquerading as its acclaimed character Walker who “has no name, address, family, point in time or space, says Mackie. And that’s exactly what genius is: the wanderer is a figurehead.” universal, immediately recognizable, ready to be imitated, a reflection of everyone and no one at the same time and, as the film claims, better known than kings, queens, emperors and so on.. (Please don’t refer to Tramp as a “brand” .)

Chaplin was born in London in 1889;

A drunk father who runs away with another woman and a mother will soon be treated. She finds herself in a “workhouse” for the children, a slightly more acceptable word for “orphanage”. We heard a female voice, and it was Effie Wisdom in a 1983 interview when she was 92 years old; he played in the alleys and streets of London with Chaplin, whom he thought he would never forget. (Sitting here in 2021 and hearing the voice of someone. Who knew Charlie Chaplin in the late 19th century is something of a surprise.) We see it too, but an actor plays it in a beautiful demonstration that keeps his lips clear and synchronized.

However. Eventually, Chaplin joined Fred Carnot’s comedy troupe, where he learned the basics of farce comedy. It appears to be the art of purposely falling without committing suicide to the untrained eye. The troupe toured the United States, and film producers deliberately targeted him. An art Chaplin believed to be under him until he was offered a contract. That was three times his variety show salary. In a 1966 interview with Life magazine, we heard Chaplin’s voice explain the origins of the Wanderer. He desperately wore various outfits at the last minute, including another actor’s boots and Fatty Arbuckle pants. The camera rolls, and he rips it off. It was February 1914, and if you count the documentary’s opening scenes quickly. It took more than two but less than three years to get older than Jesus.

From now on, the story is a rolling snowball:

Which combines most of his triumphant professional life and his predominantly turbulent personal life. They intersect in the films he wrote, directed, edited, produced, shot, and participated in – The Kid, The Lights of the City, The Gold Rush, Modern Times, and others. – which often reflects the poverty and problems of his parents from his youth. There was a Great Dictator, and yes, I tell you, we will achieve it. Another famous man with an unusual personality and moustache with a toothbrush became famous, and the two shared many other things in common (they were born four days apart! ). To whom Chaplin turned in this film, which included the voice of the previously mute Wanderer for the first time.

The film also diligently shares Chaplin’s dark side: his almost OCD control over his directing work; his many marriages to teenage girls, some of which have told stories of psychological abuse. The limelight allowed him to share the policies that ultimately led him to flee – more the blame for J.’s brutal campaign. Edgar Hoover allegedly stigmatized Chaplin as a communist during the Red Panic. . , always appears. His children describe these scenes depicting him as the tyrant of the house; her daughter, Jane, says she has been so “out of reach” over the years that she misses the only opportunity to have meaningful one-on-one conversations with her. How sad and happy Chaplin was.

Here too, as always, there is an art, and there are artists:

And the points that where they do intersect and diverge are fascinating. His films defend the oppressed, criticize the strong, sympathize with immigrants. And show that the average American is (literally!) anchored at engine speed. He wrote what he knew to some extent. His films turn jokes into art that is almost lost today. But looks like an eternity as it chews, stomps, claps, and stumbles.

The original Charlie Chaplin perfectly illustrates the power of silence and language in Chaplin’s life. As the former and the latter sink. He compares the famous Wanderer’s first saying. A plea for peace and unity during World War II, taken from the final scene of the Great Dictator. With the uglier side of the dictator’s personality that dominates his life behind the camera. Womanizer, a father and separate director. The one who hires and fires multiple actresses searching for the perfect scene in City Lights. A scene that took weeks to direct. The resulting films are among the best of all time; does the end justify the means? Can we reconcile people and their work? (I’m asking a question that isn’t easy to answer, if at all – a never-ending debate.)

The Middleton and Spini directives are intelligent and confident;

Smooth transition from playful to serious when needed. Their approach was fearless, and the consequences we faced forced the Chaplin scandal to continue in the story of today’s brilliant artist/troubled man. His terrible demeanour had little effect on his career; The film shows that for many, the biggest scandal of his life was probably the first time the traveller opened his mouth and spoke. What a world. Let’s hope it gets better.

The original Charlie Chaplin is a great start to the familiar Chaplin saga for beginners, while fans will appreciate the restored archival audio and parts of the open home film. Here too, the film calmly demonstrates its relevance in our modern times.