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Charlie Chaplin - The Forgotten Years


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Private archives, interviews with family and newly found footage serve up this engrossing documentary about the later years of Charlie Chaplin in Switzerland. Forced out of the U.S. in 1952, Chaplin is the focus of this piece on his personal life and his amazing work as a musical composer. 2003/b&w-color/55 min/NR.

Special Features

  • Additional 22 minute interviews with: Geraldine Chaplin, Eugene Chaplin, Michael Chaplin, Sir Peter Ustinov, and Petula Clark

Product Details

  • Actors: Charles Chaplin, Eugene Chaplin, Geraldine Chaplin, Michael Chaplin, Petula Clark
  • Directors: Felice Zenoni
  • Format: Black & White, Color, Dolby, Full Screen, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Arts Alliance Amer
  • DVD Release Date: October 18, 2005
  • Run Time: 55 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000ARFPRG
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #139,732 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Charlie Chaplin - The Forgotten Years" on IMDb

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By M on October 27, 2005
Format: DVD
Excellent documentary of the seldom covered time of Chaplin's life circa 1950-1977. Excellent interviews with family members and friends. Best of all are the rarely seen newsreel and home movie footage and photographs. A must for the Chaplin fan. In fact, I wished it was longer than one hour , although there are extra interviews included as a bonus. One question-why were only three of Charlie's children involved in this DVD? Why didn't the others participate?

Highly recommended
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Claudia Viera on August 2, 2006
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A touching and really instructive documental about the late Charlie Chaplin.I really enjoyed watching this.It tells a lot about the man.A sensitive and realistic one.I cried watching it.

A must have for any true Chaplin fan.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By kooky Kid on September 23, 2007
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there is so much to appreciate here, the gorgeous footage of the unique Chaplin family after Charlie was forced to live in exile in Switzerland would be enough; but there is so much more. Charlie was such a huge genius, and by definition a mass of contradictions -super confident vs insecure and generous and compassionate while still so self absorbed and angry.I found this intimate portrait so personal and insightful as well in that it covers some of his later works, music collaborations, friendships, this dvd is well worth it .
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By MAXIMILLIAN MUHAMMAD HALL OF FAME on March 11, 2006
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i saw this Documentary over the weekend&truly enjoyed how it showed Chaplin in his Life away from America. family members,friends&whatnot provide insight to the Greatness of him&also the Man. it was a very interesting&well documented account on one of the most Creative forces to ever grace this earth.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Samantha Glasser VINE VOICE on November 19, 2006
Format: DVD
Charlie Chaplin: The Forgotten Years is a documentary about the later part of the comic genius's life when he lived in Switzerland. Many exciting things happened for him there including having children, making several films, composing music, and recieving accolades for his talents. Also covered in the documentary is the occasion when his body was stolen from his grave and held for ransom. The documentary is quite short, only about an hour long, which is disappointing because it is about a subject that has not been explored in detail before. However, it does provide insights in the man who had changed very greatly from his days in Hollywood as a star.

There are interviews with many of Chaplin's children including the very knowledgable and lovely Geraldine Chaplin who became and actress herself. Friends and fans also provide insight into the man. Thankfully, since all of the interviews were not useful for the film but were still interesting, outtakes are included as a bonus feature.

This is certainly not an outstanding documentary by any means, but it is a must for Chaplin fans because it sheds some light on a neglected but important part of the man's life.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Stooges on January 6, 2006
Format: DVD
I learn several new things about Chaplin after his forgotten years. I wont mention some of things because it would ruin the suprise if I do. But I must say it was worth the money, just wishing it was like two hours instead of one. But it just a main focus on his life after he was kicked out of America. It has people talk about how Chaplin was like and it even shows his children and they spoke about him too. Just a definite add to your Chaplin collection.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Pierre Fontaine on April 10, 2008
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Charlie Chaplin-The Forgotten Years is a wonderful documentary detailing the final years of Chaplin's life as a resident of Europe. Even though Chaplin found his fortune in the United States, he never became a citizen. Chaplin got caught up in the The Red Scare of the 1950's. When he left for a trip to Europe with his wife, his visa was revoked and Chaplin could not return to the United States. Therefore, Chaplin and his wife Oona eventually settled in Switzerland, where he would raise his family until his death in 1977.

The documentary reveals wonderful stories from his children, neighbors and others whose lives were touched by Chaplin in some way. Supplemented by many home movies, this documentary gives a wonderful insite to those "lost" years in Europe, where Chaplin continued to dream of new projects until the very end.

All in all, I'm very satisfied with this DVD!
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Some nice footage and reminiscences of Charlot's last years overlooking Lake Geneva. Also includes some good stuff when he was welcomed back to Hollywood after fleeing the U.S. ahead of the McCarthyites.
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