Unknown Chaplin: The Master at Work
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"Unknown Chaplin" was just released on DVD and is a must have addition for anyone even remotely interested in the history of film or filmmaking.
During production of "Hollywood", Brownlow and Gill naturally wanted to devote an entire hour to Chaplin but ran into a roadblock. The person who controlled access to Chaplin's work was only prepared to let them use a "snippet". They had to change their plans. They couldn't build an entire hour around a "snippet". After "Hollywood" aired, to great critical acclaim, they tried again. Chaplin's widow allowed them access to his personal vault. What they found there astonished them; row after row of film cans, many labeled with "City Lights", "The Gold Rush", "The Circus" and many with unfamiliar names. These contained clips never before seen, projects started but never finished and rehearsals for films like "City Lights". It was a treasure trove for any film historian.
Naturally, they believed they had just hit the mother load, but soon met a man named Raymond Rohauer.Read more ›
The first episode delves into what are known as Chaplin's "happiest years," the ones making Mutual comedies. During this time, he was able to do everything behind the camera. He was a director as well as an actor and he contributed greatly to the stories and pacing of the films. We also learn a bit about his relationship with Edna Purviance, his leading lady for 8 years. The second bit focuses heavily on two major accomplishments in Chaplin's career, The Gold Rush and City Lights. Here we see interviews with his leading ladies Georgia Hale and Virginia Cherrill to gain insight into the man and his methods. The last segment rediscovers the artist through outtakes and rare clips. We see a very funny cut scene from City Lights as well as other interesting moments.
Also included on this disk are two fascinating bits for film historians. We hear Brownlow's story of the making of these documentaries, a very interesting but disappointingly short segment. Next is The Making of The Count, a dissection of how Chaplin made the film. Both are excellent supplements to a wonderful show. If you find yourself wondering why Chaplin gets so much attention in the history books, watch this film. You won't second guess anymore.
offers genuine insights into how he worked as a director.
Although his films, especially the early comedies, look almost casual in their creation, Chaplin often took dozens of takes, carefully analyzing each to see what made a sequence work or fail. A perfect example is THE CURE (1917), a two-reeler set at a health spa. Charlie agonized over the opening scenes of this comedy, even going so far as recasting parts and changing roles himself. He also rearranged some features of the main set to allow for bits of physical "business" not otherwise possible.
Yet in so doing, there were some genuinely funny sequences that had to be scrapped, such as Chaplin acting as traffic cop for a crowd of patients in wheelchairs. This because he chose after production began to play the Inebriate, a role Charlie had perfected years earlier in British music hall sketches. The original outtakes however still exist and are presented in this marvelous documentary.
We see the creation of a charming piece that was dropped from the opening of CITY LIGHTS (1931), seven minutes of pantomime involving a sidewalk grate with a piece of wood wedged in it. Charlie in his Little Tramp persona tries and repeatedly fails to push the wood through the grate with the tip of his cane. His frustrated efforts eventually attract a crowd of onlookers. It works well, yet director Chaplin decided this sequence unnecessarily delayed the real story, so he abandoned the finished scene.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
For any Chaplin fan every minute will be magical. It will make those who know lttle about the man want to learn more. A must watch for any want to be filmmaker. Read morePublished 16 months ago by James Steven Miller
This documentary has many things going for it.
* One, it is narrated by marvelous, mellow voice of James Mason. Read more
WOW! If you are an old movie era type person, this collection is amazing. Great movies, of Charlie directing and lots of
back stories. I love this DVD
This series has a great amount of behind the scenes and lost footage of one of the greatest director/actors. Loved it!Published on August 13, 2013 by Cyndi Walker
This delightful documentary shows the secrets of many clever tricks that were a mystery until two film historians studied Charles Chaplin's works. Read morePublished on May 23, 2013 by V. R. Padgett
This is a fascinating documentary giving a glimpse into how Chaplin made his films, which was an amazingly inefficient process on the surface. Read morePublished on July 24, 2011 by saskrs
Charlie Chaplin was very secretive about the way he worked, his biography generalising his methods almost to the point of obscurity, making this 1983 documentary from the makers of... Read morePublished on December 19, 2010 by Trevor Willsmer
Unknown Chaplin may be a long documentary clocking in at over two and one half hours; but the time flew by as I watched it, fascinated by Chaplin's outtakes and the discoveries the... Read morePublished on November 18, 2010 by Matthew G. Sherwin